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Last EditedRalphie  Jun 23, 2006 04:23pm
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MediaNewspaper - Seattle Times
News DateThursday, June 22, 2006 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIt's Election Day, November 2012. Once again, Democrats and Republicans in Washington state are in hot pursuit of the governor's mansion. The face-off is between Rob McKenna, the Republican two-term attorney general, and Bob Ferguson, the one-term King County executive, a maverick Democrat.

The young boy in the movie "The Sixth Sense" sees dead people. I see future elections. Everybody knows McKenna is the GOP's rising star who one day will run for governor. McKenna probably won't jump feet first into such a bid until he finishes the proper two terms as attorney general in 2012. He's a proper, by-the-book kind of guy. McKenna is an easy pick.

What most people don't know, and this is where the peering into the future comes in, is the name of the next-generation star in the Democratic Party. It may well be King County Councilman Ferguson, who, at 41, is at the beginning of an upward political trajectory.

So here's the prediction: Ferguson, a relative newcomer on the council, runs for county executive in 2009, then makes a difficult, but do-able first-termer's run for governor in 2012.

In fairness to McKenna and Ferguson, neither admits they are running for anything other than the job they currently occupy. You can't — they don't — say anything other than, "I love my job and I expect to stay in it a long time." Blah blah blah.

But thinking ahead six years, both McKenna and Ferguson have that look about them. Not coincidentally, both were University of Washington student body presidents, a few years apart in the 1980s.
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