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Dino Rossi stumps in Poulsbo

POULSBO — Gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi drummed up support in Poulsbo during a campaign stop Thursday afternoon. The Republican, who served in the state Senate from 1997 to 2003, visited the Acupuncture and Wellness Center PS on Eighth Street, then dropped by the North Kitsap Herald office to talk politics.

This is Rossi’s second shot at the governor’s mansion, as he was defeated by now-incumbent Gov. Christine Gregoire in 2004.

“We’re picking up right where we left off,” said Rossi, who declared his candidacy in October and has been on the campaign trail ever since. In his travels, he managed to raise $1.7 million through the end of December 2007, which far surpassed his $800,000 goal.

He’s happy to point out every penny donated was from private citizens, not lobbyists. He’s also resurrected the “Dino-crat,” which is what he calls his Democratic support base.

He kept his message for North Kitsap supporters simple.

“I’d like to make Washington the worst state for criminals and the best state for small business,” he said.

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