Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Finally Over

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire can breathe a little easier today.

The 2004 governor’s race is finally over.

Republican Dino Rossi said yesterday he would not appeal a Chelan County judge’s decision that upheld Gov. Christine Gregoire’s slim victory, acknowledging that after Judge John Bridges rejected all of the GOP arguments, he had little chance of prevailing.

“With today’s decision, and because of the political makeup of the Washington state Supreme Court, which makes it almost impossible to overturn this ruling, I am ending the election contest,” Rossi said at a news conference at his campaign headquarters in Bellevue.

Nice little parting shot there at the Supreme Court — “they’re just a bunch of Democrat activist judges” or something like that.

And to pour a little lemon juice on the paper cut, when the final votes were tallied based on the evidence submitted to the court, it turned out that five convicted felons voted in the November 2004 gubernatorial election…and four of those votes were for Rossi. The fifth was for a Libertarian candidate. So Mr. Rossi spent six months and millions of dollars to lose…again.