Washington State Republican Dino Rossi announced his Senate candidacy Wednesday in a video posted on a new website.
"Are you angry about the trillion dollar budget deficits, the wasteful stimulus packages and the bailouts for Wall Street?" he asks in the video. Rossi then talks about "job-killing taxes and regulations" and a "partisan, ill-conceived healthcare bill." If elected, he promises to "replac[e] the Pelosi-Reid healthcare bill."
Noting his experience in the state Senate, Ross says, "I bring a set of skills and experiences that are valuable during this time of crisis."
He doesn't mention his Democratic opponent, Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), by name but rather says he's running against "an establishment that stands for the politics as usual that got us into this mess."
The video was due to be posted at 7 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, but didn't show up until later in the morning. In the meantime, Rossi's website remained focused on his real estate business, Coast Equity Partners.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee issued a memo questioning Rossi's "ethical conduct" to coincide with his announcement.