Democrats respond to state Republican caucuses

March 6, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Local Democrats do not gather for caucuses until April 15, but the state party organization did not remain on the sidelines as Republicans chose Mitt Romney in a statewide straw poll March 3.

Washington State Democrats Chairman Dwight Pelz lambasted the GOP frontrunner and former Massachusetts governor hours after the caucuses ended.

“Washingtonians are looking for a leader who will focus on revitalizing the economy and creating jobs, but Mitt Romney and the rest of the GOP slate are too busy pandering to the extreme right wing of their party to focus on the issues that matter to Washington’s middle class families,” Pelz said in a statement.

Though President Barack Obama does not face a challenge for the nomination, Democrats plan to use the caucuses to elect delegates and alternates to legislative district caucuses and county conventions.

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