In the 2010 election in the 8th district, Dave Reichert was, let’s say, afraid to debate Suzan DelBene. And there was speculation from DelBene’s supporters that it might be because his brain had a booboo, and he was done with thinking. While it wasn’t as acrimonious as the campaigns against Burner, it still had it’s moments.
And now they get to work together! Possibly as soon as Tuesday.
Look, I have no problem when campaigns get down and dirty. I think a lot more ought to be on the table than there usually is. But after the election, one side goes on to their elected position and the other doesn’t. But at least for 2 years — and given where their careers are now, probably a good deal longer — Reichert and DelBene will have to work together in Congress.
And maybe it’ll be fine. I mean I can’t remember any bad blood between Inslee and Hastings spilling into their work in the delegation, even though their 1994 campaign was pretty hard fought. But I’d like to be a fly on the wall next time they have a private conversation.