March 17, 2009
The most conservative candidate for King Co. Exec... Fred Jarrett; at least thus far.

Party switch aside, and all the baggage that brings (which is quite a bit), Jarrett would be a better choice than Dow Constantine or Larry Phillips. Depending on the kind of campaign he runs Jarrett could certainly find a way to appeal to suburban audiences, compared to the overlapping urban bases of his two declared competitors.

Either way, even if these are the only top tier candidates, it could make for a highly interesting race in the primary and the general.

Posted by Eric Earling at March 17, 2009 10:22 AM | Email This
1. Maybe Pam Roach will through her hat into the ring? If the other candidates are Constantine, Phillips and Jarrett, Roach would stand a decent chance of making the general election.

Posted by: Richard Pope on March 17, 2009 10:43 AM
2. Doesn't matter. King County is hopelessly socialist now. Scarce GOP resources should be allocated elsewhere.

Posted by: Kato on March 17, 2009 11:15 AM
3. When then Republican State Representative Fred Jarrett jumped off the Republican bandwagon in 2008 to run for the State Senate as a Democrat, I said Republicans should welcome him back if it helps the GOP but I never expexted it would happen so soon.

Posted by: Warren Peterson on March 17, 2009 12:08 PM
4. Republican today, Democrat tomorrow, what will he be if he wins the election.
Fred's reasons for leaving... his pro-choice view and also being a moderate?
When has either been a view or stance with the Republican Party?
As an alternative to Dow and Larry, not sure there is a real difference?
King County is in trouble.
King County's issues are debt, waste, mismanagement and over staffing. None of the three will make a difference.
I really hope a dark horse comes out to take on all the current politicians.
Only then will King County will have a chance.
I seriously doubt it, but hope it will happen.

Posted by: Just wonder on March 17, 2009 03:49 PM
5. The Times article says Jarrett's reason for switching was that the "GOP was no longer welcoming to pro-choice moderates like himself."

How is it that Jennifer Dunn did not have a problem feeling welcomed for so many years as a pro-choicer, at a time when the party was much more conservative than it is today? The answer is that Dunn was a limited gov't conservative, while Jarrett is not.

Posted by: travis t on March 17, 2009 04:27 PM
6. A race between Constantine, Phillips, and Jarrett is far less "interesting" than the fact that anybody would waste time trying to figure out which one was "most conservative."

All three would continue the same disastrous liberal policies that are harming the taxpayers, property owners, families, and small businesses of King County.

Filing deadline is still a long time away - I would be surprised if there is not a top tier conservative Republican candidate.

That will be "interesting."

Posted by: Steve Beren on March 18, 2009 11:19 AM
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