Republican Candidate Dino Rossi Remains Silent; Refuses to Face Voters
Issaquah, WA – Students from the Issaquah-Sammamish area organized a protest outside Republican candidate Dino Rossi’s $1,000 per plate fundraiser Wednesday evening demanding he address the NRA’s support of his campaign publicly. The NRA has issued Rossi an A+ rating based on his legislative record.
Rossi has repeatedly ignored calls to hold town halls or appear in public, requiring anyone who wants answers from the GOP candidate pay the price of admission at one of his fundraisers.
“Congress has failed our students for far too long on this issue,” Democratic candidate and former King County deputy prosecutor Jason Rittereiser said. “The national epidemic of gun violence is a difficult and complex problem. But it is insulting to the people of the eighth district for Rossi to refuse to face community members or the students that are demanding answers and action. These students and the voters deserve a representative who will listen to their concerns, and who will fight to pass laws that will make their schools and communities safe.”
Rittereiser announced his issue focused Listen & Learn Town Hall series last Friday, with the first event in the series exclusively dedicated to discussing gun violence prevention. The event will be held at the YWCA Family Village in Issaquah on Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Community members of all ages are encouraged to attend, and any students in the audience will be given the first opportunity to ask questions of the candidate. RSVP on Facebook here.
Rittereiser is running to replace retiring incumbent Republican Dave Reichert in one of the nation’s most closely watched Congressional contests, as Washington’s 8th district could decide which party controls the House. The only candidate with roots on both sides of the mountains, Rittereiser is the first Democrat since the district’s expansion into central Washington that can compete with Republicans for every vote.