For those who follow politics, here’s an interesting report from Les Blumenthal of McClatchy Newspapers about retiring Congressman Brian Baird, a Democrat from Washington state’s 3rd District, who said he is moving to Edmonds — and may run for Congress in 2012 if current 1st District rep. Jay Inslee throws his hat in the ring for governor.
Baird, in a lengthy interview, remained critical of Republicans, Democrats, the Obama White House, the Bush White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, ideologues on both sides, the health care law, the cap-and-trade climate change bill and disingenuous politicians who promise to cut the deficit while slicing taxes and funding a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River. He also hints that his political career may not be over, even though he decided not to seek a seventh term in order to spend more time with his twin 5-year-olds.
Baird has roughly $450,000 in his campaign account. He can’t keep it personally, but can donate it to charity or other campaigns. There’s one other alternative. “I could use it for another race,” said Baird. Baird is moving to Edmonds, Wash., in the 1st Congressional District north and east of Lake Washington currently represented by Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee. If Inslee were to run for governor in 2012 as many expect, the congressional seat would be open.
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