The man who could be the GOP’s top recruit is, at least publicly, noncommittal. Rep. Dave Reichert, a six-term congressman who’s flirted with statewide office before, told CQ Roll Call in a statement Monday, “My entire career I have always kept my options open. I have considered every possibility that has been put in front of me.”
Reichert isn’t ruling out a Senate bid, but he’s more often mentioned as a gubernatorial contender. He could just as well decide to stay put in Washington’s 8th District, which, thanks to redistricting, is now safer turf for a Republican. But just in case, Reichert’s aides confirmed last year to the Seattle Times that he has owned ReichertforGovernor.com and ReichertforSenate.com since at least 2011.
Dave Reichert isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, to put it mildly – but he’s been a survivor in Washington State for a while now. Reichert won in 2006 and 2008 (two tough years for Republicans) and fend off a serious contender in 2012 (Suzan Delbene, who went and found another seat to win). He really is at that stage of his career where a politician starts seriously looking at getting a higher office.
Put a gun to my head and ask me to guess, and I’d say that he’s going for Governor. Oregon and Washington State are both a bit overdue to have Republican governors, and even the remarkable ability of Pacific Coast Democrats to somehow win those close recounts isn’t going to help if the final margin is above half a percent. Not that I’m suggesting that there are shenanigans going on in the balloting process. No. Not me, never…