EDITORIAL: Sinclair deserves shot at Larsen

Island County Auditor Suzanne Sinclair is one of three Republicans with the unenviable hope of going against Democrat Rick Larsen in the race for U.S. Congress from the Second Congressional District.

Now seeking his third term, Larsen has been in Congress long enough that the big money is lined up behind him. As of last quarter, Larsen had a campaign bankroll of more than $1.2 million. Sinclair had a measly $37,000, which was better than either of her two primary opponents combined.

Beating Larsen may be a long shot, but Sinclair deserves the opportunity. Hers is a personal success story, as she went to college to earn her CPA degree later in life, then was part owner of an accounting firm in Freeland, and eventually won the election in Island County. All the while she’s been a good citizen, actively involved in her community, and, if elected to Congress, she could represent her district well.

Once the primary is over, Sinclair may be able to chip away at Larsen, particularly if the Republican Party starts sending more money her way. Larsen’s not invulnerable, and if President Bush has long coattails, Sinclair could benefit. Of the three Republicans in the primary, she’s easily the best suited to put up a fight in the general election.

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