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Rossie stumps Plateau with promises of pro-business government and more jobs
Dennis Box, The Courier-Herald
Republican gubernatorial candidate, Dino Rossi visited the Plateau Thursday, carrying his message of improving the state's business climate, creating more jobs and making state government more responsive.
The Republican Party has coalesced behind Rossi, 44, a former state senator from east King County, as its best hope in 20 years to move back into the Olympia mansion.
Rossi is unchallenged in his bid for the Republican party nomination, while the Democrats are currently deciding between state Attorney General Christine Gregoire and King County Executive Ron Sims.
The GOP candidate has been busy crossing the state after giving up his seat in the Senate last September.
"The speech last September was the most difficult I ever gave on the Senate floor," Rossi said. "But I was happy before I got into politics and I'll be happy afterwards."
The main theme of Rossi's campaign is a pro-growth business climate.
"I want to create a business climate so entrepreneurs can be entrepreneurs again,' Rossi said. "Boeing moved to Chicago and Airbus moved to Florida because we're not competitive. I want a climate in our state that promotes business and creates jobs."
The candidate said 40 percent of the change his administration would bring about in the state toward businesses and citizens will come from appointing different department heads to manage state government.
"Part of it is people who have a different set of eyes," Rossi said. "I'm looking for people with balance."
On environmental issues Rossi notes he is a proponent of giving fair market value when protecting sensitive areas.
"If it is worth preserving it's worth buying at a fair market value, not stealing," he said.
Rossi stated his administration would seek medical malpractice reform as one way to deal with the problems of spiraling health insurance cost.
"The cost of malpractice insurance is driving doctors out of the state," Rossi said. "It is out of control."
Rossi is a commercial real estate broker. He lives in on the Sammamish Plateau with his wife Terry and four children.
He served in the state Senate representing the 5th legislative district form 1996 to 2003.
Gov. John Spellman was the last Republican governor to serve in Olympia. He served from 1981 to 1985.
Dennis Box can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org