Patty Murray is in big trouble.
But on Saturday morning, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dino Rossi walked in the parade that was part of the 99th annual Hillyard Festival. No other Senate candidate was on hand.
No introduction was necessary.
People instantly recognized the two-time gubernatorial candidate. They were surprised he was there in person, not just being represented by flunkies. I overheard people saying, "That's really him," "Look, it's Dino," and "I can't believe he's here."
And how did the the crowd in this largely Democratic community react to Dino Rossi?
Like a rock star.
It seemed almost every person Rossi met said "I voted for you" or "You've got my vote."
Towards the end of the parade route, a man asked Dino, "Are you gonna do it this time?" Rossi responded, "You bet, and I'm going to need your help when I get to DC." It was clear that people are ready for real change, and they see Dino as the candidate that deliver it.
When the parade was over, Dino was clearly energized. He hadn't received any large donations, but that wasn't what he had been looking for.
Some candidates in the Senate campaign have talked about "grassroots support." Dino Rossi didn't just talk about it. He demonstrated that he had it.