Press Editorial

July 17, 2012

By Staff

Dino Rossi will serve district well

Issaquah will soon elect new leadership for the 5th Legislative District, but it’s good to know a qualified appointee will be there to represent voters until year’s end.

Sammamish resident Dino Rossi, a former state senator and gubernatorial candidate, will be the placeholder for the 5th District, following the resignation of Sen. Cheryl Pflug.

Rossi is a good choice. He follows one of the most important rules for caretakers — he won’t be running for the office himself — and couldn’t even if he wanted to since Sammamish will move into the 45th Legislative District next year.

Moreover, Rossi knows the district and how to navigate state government. Even though there’s virtually no chance the Senate will hold a session during his four-month tenure, Rossi will be there to help residents of the district who have problems with the state.

Helping constituents can be among the most time-consuming parts of the job of being a legislator, but also the most rewarding. Residents of the 5th District should be grateful that a seasoned politician like Rossi, who already knows the ropes, is willing to serve — and earn a couple months’ worth of a $42,106 annual salary in the process.

As welcome as Rossi’s appointment is, Pflug’s departure was troubling. After first filing for re-election, Pflug withdrew from the race just after the deadline to file for office, basically ensuring that the strongest Republican candidates would not be in the race.

Pflug spent the past couple years among the top in the Senate for missed votes, denying full representation to her constituents. In resigning the way she did, Pflug circumvented the political process and deprived voters of a full range of candidates.

As a parting shot, Pflug complained that Rossi’s appointment was poorly handled as a mere political move to get a Republican elected to the position in November.

We disagree. Rossi will serve Issaquah and the district well through the November election.

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