May 17, 2007
"The name of the Republican candidate for Snohomish County executive is a secret for now."

Well, that's an interesting sub-headline at least.

The odds that such a late entrant will make the race truly competitive are slim, but more peculiar things have certainly occurred in politics.

Oh, and it isn't me. It's been brought to my attention while out and about that more than a few people on both sides of the aisle fell for that April Fools gag in full, at least until prudent people told them they should have read to the end of a blog entry dated April 1st. Good advice.

I will say this, I'm actually interested to see who the about-to-be-announced candidate is. Snohomish County GOP Chairwoman Geri Modrell sure gets points for creating anticipation.

Posted by Eric Earling at May 17, 2007 06:16 PM | Email This
1. You'd have to either be really rich and well-known or suicidal to run against Reardon this late in the game.

Modrell runs a really big risk here. She has hand-selected a candidate. If the candidate is great, she'll be a hero. If the candidate is crap, she'll be toast for strongarming the deal.

I don't believe that Eric doesn't know who the candidate is. Eric, you're a Republican and live in Snohomish County. How come you don't know who your party's nominee is? Did they keep everyone in the dark?

Posted by: Jason on May 17, 2007 06:45 PM
2. Very Secret Squirrel.

We need to get Agent 86 on this as soon as possible...

Posted by: Don Ward on May 17, 2007 07:40 PM
3. The mystery candidate? They call him....Tater Salad.

Posted by: Huh? on May 17, 2007 07:46 PM
4. Maybe it's John McKay??!!!

Posted by: suzihomemaker on May 17, 2007 08:00 PM
5. Jason: I am on the Snohomish County Republican Party Executice Committee, as the elected chair of the 39th Legislative District.

I've been sick (hence my unusally high activity here the past week! :-) and couldn't attend the Executive Committee meeting last night, but apparently the name wasn't announced there, necause according to the Herald article that says only two other people know (I know who the two probably are).

I was at the last several meeting, though, and Geri brought this person up (without naming him) the last meeting, too. And consenus (many vocally approved, and no one objected) was that because he wished not to be identifed in public, that she would not reveal his name even to the Executive Committee, or even in Executive Session, which would have been restricted only to elected Executive Committee members, and off the record.

We all decided it was more important this his wish for secrecy be respected than to risk that by her telling us who it is.

Now, if there were any other available candidates, then you might have a point about "hand-picking" or "strongarming." But there is, simply, no one else. Geri is not pushing him on the Executive Committee or the County Convention delegates. She is saying, this is the only candidate who has stepped forward to run, and it's up to you to decide if you want him to represent our party.

suzihomemaker: if it is McKay, he probably won't actually get the nomination. :-)

Posted by: pudge on May 17, 2007 08:09 PM
6. Jason - the article indicated the candidate would be revealed at an upcoming portion of GOP county convention. One would presume attendees can raise an appropriate stink if they're disgruntled, though it's not like there are a lot of other options at the moment.

Posted by: Eric Earling on May 17, 2007 08:15 PM
7. So it is a him. That eliminates 50.9 percent of the potential candidates out there.

Only 19 more questions to go.

Rock or mineral?

Posted by: Don Ward on May 17, 2007 08:22 PM
8. Ah, never mind. Didn't see pudge's excellent comments which just about covers things.

Posted by: Eric Earling on May 17, 2007 08:22 PM
9. Um isn't it hard to Campaign when no one knows who your are. This isn't the murder mystery dinner train.

Posted by: Giffy on May 17, 2007 10:34 PM
10. Giffy: it's only one more week until the announcement.

Posted by: pudge on May 17, 2007 11:19 PM
11. Ya know, I think a "Mystery Candidate Dinner Train" would make an excellent fundraiser! I just hope this "mystery candidate" is as good as he sounds.

The mystery candidate isn't worried about money, Modrell said.

"He believes if he can run on the issues, he can win," she said. "It promises to be one of the most interesting races we've had in this county for a long, long time."

Posted by: Michelle on May 18, 2007 02:21 AM
12. That is pretty idealistic, isn't it? Run on the issues? It is all about the benjamins and the negative ads they can buy. Just ask the last guy to run against Reardon- primary, that is.

Posted by: swatter on May 18, 2007 06:51 AM
13. Maybe it's Dave - Eric. Pray do tell.

Posted by: finis on May 18, 2007 07:46 AM
14. Is it...An Illegal Alien about to get my country handed to him by the Bush Whitehouse via the Senate Bill? After all if McKay can be Republican and Earling can be a Republican and Riechardt can be a Republican and an a$$ kicking Sheriff can't get any traction from the insiders what is going on? What in the H.E. Double Hockey Toothpicks is going on?? Why in the begeezezs do the Appeasing Neville Chamberlain/Medved R's believe this will work? What??? Are you moderate R's going to let Dino run again? Everyday seems to be April Fools from what was the Republican Party, it is totally bizarre! So therefore it must be something like this is the big secret. Here is Hector from Columbia that can be the next El Presidente of Snohomisho El County. The vacuum in R leadership is mind blowing, everyday.Lock and load boys millions coming for the opportunity but ZERO coming for the idea of America. No joining the Borg Collective that is America. That is a disconnect that will guarantee chaos. I don't care if the Senate passes it it is totally insane and this kind of continual softening of America from some of the postings on this little blog up through the Whitehouse is unexplainable. What can be gained by throwing our past in the trash to get a vote from one or two from lawbreakers! Ya know it they were worried the sheriff was going to say the wrong thing, GASP, enforce the law!

Posted by: Col. Hogan on May 18, 2007 09:49 AM
15. Hogan: whatever you're on, when you come off it, please as your question about the County Exec. candidate again in a way that it can be discussed rationally. Thanks!

Posted by: pudge on May 18, 2007 10:21 AM
16. I hear ya, pudge, but Hulk, I believe, is spittin' mad at what the Senate did with a goofy amnesty bill. At least that is the only thing I got out of the rant.

To unseat Reardon, won't about $500k be needed? If not that, he has to have a lot of grassroots. He can't be relying on the newsrags because, first, they don't report, but more important, no one reads it.

Posted by: swatter on May 18, 2007 11:12 AM
17. sweatter: sure, but that has nothing to do with this topic.

As to winning: no money is needed at all, if you can get your message out through "free" media, and there are enough negatives out there about the other guy. Surely some money would be nice ... I have no idea what the plan is, though.

Posted by: pudge on May 18, 2007 11:18 AM
18. I know pudge, but that latest thing on immigration makes more than a few spittin' mad. Hulk is usually pretty reasoned.

I disagree with you on this race in Snohomish County against an undefeated executive. You need the cash. I wish it were otherwise.

Posted by: swatter on May 18, 2007 01:33 PM
19. Eh. Wait and see what the plan is. Maybe the reason he said he doesn't need the money is because he HAS lots of money.

Posted by: pudge on May 18, 2007 01:46 PM
20. based on the lack of dog-fight skills and predictable complacency after Dem/Lib attacks, coupled with the latest mandate & thinking from national regarding immigration,

i'd say it's Alfred E Neuman, Candidate.

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on May 19, 2007 07:58 AM
21. I would lay Vegas odds that the "mystery candidate" is a developer and member of the P.E.C. (Maybe a Robinette, or an Echelbarger?) Who else would have the money to self-fund a campaign from beginning to end, or at least have access to such funds (Jim Donner? Lew Moore?)?

Posted by: TamaNekoChan on May 20, 2007 01:28 AM
22. Jeff Sax?

About the only one I would switch my vote to.

Posted by: swatter on May 21, 2007 07:01 AM
23. I don't think it's John MacKay. Is it Mike McGavick? At least he's got the money. He's about the only one that could pull a rabbit out of a hat. He does have the money but would have to move into the county. On second thought, maybe it's Harry Houdini!

Posted by: Silkworm on May 21, 2007 11:46 AM
24. Jeff Sax? Nice enough guy, but remember, the key is in the funding. Whoever this person is, they are going to need to have the funds to hit the ground running and to be competitive.

Mike would have those kinds of funds but would he risk his own money after losing a chunk in his race with Senatir Cantwell? Besides, Mike doesn't live in Snohomish County, does he?

Posted by: TamaNekoChan on May 21, 2007 01:22 PM
25. Eric Earling's family are close friends with Reardon.

With Mainstreamers and party loyalty it is always do as I say, not as I do.

If a Republican does run against Reardon, I would warn him or her to look out for the Earlings!

Posted by: Nancy on May 21, 2007 08:28 PM
26. That's pretty funny. Try asking my dad if he considers himself Aaron Reardon's "friend."

Posted by: Eric Earling on May 21, 2007 08:37 PM
27. You heard it here first...the name of our sacrificial (lamb) candidate for Executive is James D. Kellett.

He is an officer in our county party. He has money but few friends. He is a stock broker but his decision makes me question his investment judgement. Maybe he will catch a cold and Rene Radcliff will switch races. He was on Roulstone's Steering Committee (help us).

Better yet, let him flounder and we'll throw everything behind Radcliff against Cooper.

Posted by: GOP Informant on May 21, 2007 10:09 PM
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