Conservatives endorse Republican Rob McKenna for Governor

(Seattle, WA) - In a headline-grabbing press conference today, conservative Senator Tim Sheldon joined conservative Auditor Brian Sonntag in endorsing Republican Rob McKenna for Governor. The endorsements of these two conservative power-players in Olympia will undoubtedly fire up McKenna's Tea Party base for the November elections.

Both Sheldon and Sonntag's long-time conservative credentials are unquestioned.

Today's announcement is particularly noteworthy given that Sonntag endorsed McKenna for Attorney General in 2008. 1 Sonntag's other previous endorsements include Susan Hutchison for King County Executive 2, Jim Johnson for Supreme Court3, and former Republican legislator Toby Nixon for King County Council4). He even lauded Republican James Watkins to replace him as Auditor, calling him "particularly well qualified based on his background and experience to advance the auditor's office and be an independent advocate for taxpayers."5

Likewise, Sheldon brings a strong conservative background to the McKenna campaign. He endorsed George W. Bush for president in 20046, sat on the board of Dino Rossi's Forward Washington Foundation7, voted against marriage equality in the legislature8, and even donated $10,000 in surplus campaign funds to the Senate Republican Campaign Committee.9

In related news, Senator Rodney Tom switched his endorsement from Inslee to McKenna and back again twice today. "I'm confident one of these candidates reflects my values," said Tom, "whatever they are."

1http://www.soundpolitics.com/archives/009644.html
2http://publicola.com/2010/05/13/state-auditor-sonntag-will-run-for-governor-if-gregoire-leaves/
3http://jimjohnsonforjustice.org/endorsements.php
4http://www.tobynixon.com/endorsements.htm
5http://watkinsforauditor.com/posts/an-open-letter-to-the-voters-of-washington
6http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2010/mar/07/sheldon-makes-no-apologies-for-dual-roles/
7http://www.washblog.com/story/2007/1/30/191032/907
8http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/02/01/v-printerfriendly/2008633/senate-votes-28-21-to-legalize.html
9http://olywa.blogspot.com/2006/08/tim-sheldon-lied-he-gave-10000-to-gop.html