On Monday, the state Democratic Party formally launched its Rob McKenna for Governor Web site attacking the record of the Republican attorney general whom they expect to run for governor in 2012.
As you may recall, Jim Brunner of the Seattle Times first reported development of the site before Dems had it ready to go.
Realizing their miscue, the Dems redirected everyone to McKenna’s online home for his re-election as attorney general. They’ve since stopped that practice.
(By the way, if you go there today you can sign a petition supporting McKenna’s decision to join the multi-state lawsuit against the federal health care law.)
Why Dems are doing this now is pretty obvious. They recognize McKenna will be a very tough candidate to beat if he runs for governor.
Officially, state Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz said the site is a “public service.”
“Our goal is to shine the light on the rise of an incredibly ambitious American politician, who is seeking to be Governor in 2012,” Pelz said in a prepared statement.
“The Right thinks he is Left. The Left thinks he is Right. Independents thought he was a Moderate and now they see him as a Tea Party Republican,” said Pelz. “People are confused, so we are providing this website as a public service, a One Stop Shop where you can go to learn the facts about Rob McKenna.”