Attorney General Rob McKenna (R) announced his candidacy for Governor of Washington State on Wednesday. He is the first Republican to announce his plan to run, in what Politico is calling the country's second most contested Governor's race of 2012.
Rep. Jay Inslee (D) is expected to announce his candidacy shortly after Governor Gregoire publicly announces she will not seek a 3rd term.
Politico is correct, this race is going to be tight. However, given McKenna's past anti-gay slurs, how can he ever expect to get the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied vote? The LGBT and allied vote is large enough to swing the election one way or another.
McKenna told reporters in 2004 that marriage equality for gays and lesbians could result in polygamy and incest. He said, "It threatens to destroy all standards we apply to the right of marriage."
That was 2004, in 2011 the evidence is clearly in. Massachusetts has not fallen into a hellish society overcome by incest. Neither has Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Canada, Spain, South Africa, Iceland, or the Netherlands - all of which recognize gay and lesbian marriage.