Washington State Republican Party Chairman Susan Hutchison addresses WA-8 seat held by Dave Reichert, who announced that he was not seeking reelection:
First, I want to thank Dave Reichert for his service. Dave is heroic. Dave has served his entire life in public service. He leaves behind a great district of wonderful voters.
I talked with Dino Rossi today. He is speaking with his family and his business partners about running for this seat. When Dino ran in previous elections, he won the district by more than 55% even when facing millions of dollars in attack ads. Dino would be a formidable candidate.
Statements that the 8th is a swing district and they can flip this seat are false Democrat talking points. Democrats use a fist as their logo when they talk about winning this seat. That doesn’t work for the citizens in the 8th.
The 8th is a strong conservative seat. It was drawn to span both Eastern and Western Washington including Issaquah, Auburn and Wenatchee. In last year’s presidential election, all GOP statewide candidates from Governor to Commissioner of Public Lands won in the 8th with 7% more votes than they received in their total statewide tallies. The conservative candidates for president received more than 50% of the vote.