Seattle Sports Heroes For McKenna
Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna is making a last-minute pitch for campaign cash using two of Seattle's biggest-name sports stars. Former Seattle Marines right fielder Jay Buhner and former Seahawks fullback Mack Strong both sent out fundraising pleas on McKenna's behalf on Sunday, begging for last-minute donations to help McKenna get out the vote.
"I just placed a friendly bet with Mack that I can do better at getting more people on board to support Rob in the final push. ... Regardless if it's Mack or me who rally more supporters -- all of us in Washington win when we support Rob," Buhner wrote in an email to supporters on Sunday.
Full of corny sports metaphors -- "Rob has put in his training," "It's truly the bottom of the 9th of this election" -- the emails are standard fundraising fare, soliciting small donations to help with phone banking and other get out the vote efforts. Both Buhner and Strong are long-time backers of Republican causes in Washington State.
McKenna lead his Democratic opponent, for Rep. Jay Inslee, in available cash by more than ten-to-one as of Thursday, though late reports filed by the Inslee campaign through Friday indicated that he had taken significant steps to catch up. Still, turnout will be particularly key for McKenna in the deep blue state where voters cast their ballots by mail.