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Jay Inslee's Dilemma

February 28, 2012

Would resigning from Congress to focus full time on his gubernatorial race help Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash? It could. He'd have more time to campaign in the state that lies over 2,000 miles from the nation's capital. In 2010, two members of Congress quit to run for governor, and it worked out for both. The Seattle Times:

Of the 10 members of Congress who ran for governor in 2010, only two, Neil Abercrombie, of Hawaii and Nathan Deal, of Georgia, quit their day jobs to do so. Both are now governors. Of the eight others who remained in Congress, six lost.

Of course, leaving office early would also open Inslee up to criticism.

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