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Seattle Times Endorses Koster for Congress in 1st District Race

Koster, a Republican, and Democrat Suzan DelBene will vie for Rep. Jay Inslee's seat in the general election.

The Seattle Times announced in an editorial on Wednesday that it has endorsed Republican John Koster for Congress in the newly drawn 1st District.

Unlike his Democratic opponent, former Microsoft executive Suzan DelBene of Medina, The Times said Koster has "decades in elective office and public service." Koster is currently a Snohomish County Council member and served three terms in the Washington State House of Representatives.

Which candidate are you supporting in the 1st District Congressional race? What do you think of The Times' endorsement? Tell us in the comments section.

Washington's new 1st Congressional District stretches from Redmond to the Canadian border and includes a wide variety of communities—from the high-tech Eastside suburbs to Skagit County dairy farms. A KING 5 poll conducted last month showed Koster with a narrow four-point lead over DelBene.

In addition to political experience, The Times said Koster's "views about examining tax laws and loopholes and strengthening financial oversight" would be a positive addition to the U.S. House of Representatives.

We disagree with Koster on social issues, but in Congress right now, his fiscal viewpoint and elected experience are what’s needed.

Koster’s reputation and performance as the practical conservative who can articulate and act on those views and find common ground is needed and welcome.

You can read the entire Times editorial here.

Patch does not endorse candidates but welcomes letters to the editor and endorsements from our readers.

James Banks November 05, 2012 at 12:36 AM
You offer a biased wingbag blog as evidence? FactCheck is actually the legacy of one of Nixon's buddies, but it is non-partisan and respected as impartial. I guess we've taken this thread to it's absurd conclusion: that I was originally correct about redneck religion driving the teabag agenda, and that Koster will support GOVERNMENT FORCED CHILDBIRTH, even for a 13-year-old who would be forced to carry the evil spawn of her rapist to term. It's this kind of cruelty that drives my hatred of Teabaggers and everything they stand for.
Chris Nandor November 05, 2012 at 02:23 AM
James Banks: "I was originally correct about redneck religion driving the teabag agenda" False. That is a lie, and you've offered no evidence to back up that lie. "Koster will support GOVERNMENT FORCED CHILDBIRTH" You're a liar. I've already demonstrated that this is a lie, and you didn't even address my points proving it. You really hurt your own cause by telling such stupid lies.
Bob MacDonald November 05, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Tony, calling someone a troll...when they are trolling...isn't vulgar. The term "teabagger" IS vulgar. You know this, Tony. You, like the other editor, are just going to make more excuses for allowing this filthy person to continue posting here and making personal attacks that are BLATANTLY against *your own* terms of use. But if I say "shit", that is crossing the line? This is the bias I'm talking about. I'm not going to bother with this leftist hangout anymore. Nothing constructive can happen here when the editors have this mentality. I checked back this time to see if you've changed anything. I'll check back in in a few months to see if you've been replaced, because that is the only way this Patch is going to get better. You need some professional help here.
Local Guy November 05, 2012 at 04:24 AM
The term "teabagger" is clearly vulgar and I am both offended by it's usage, and very disappointed in the Patch's apparent endorsement of it's application. You are not offended? Fine, let's get into a very detailed description of what "tea bagging" literally means in order to better understand each others point of view. Shall we?
Gail November 05, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Local Guys says "Fine, let's get into a very detailed description of what "tea bagging" literally means in order to better understand each others point of view. Shall we?" Funny. I was wondering when that was going to come up. Greg, you need to check the 'tea' to see that use .. umm .. how does one say this .. nevermind. You -will- see when you finally learn the meaning of the term. I have a feeling you will be very surprised and embarrassed. I'll be very curious how long those type of posts will be allowed considering the much more common 'sh..t' slang. Hopefully this will change Patch policy - yes? If not, can we then use other sexual innuendo?

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