Seattle PI: "How Bill Bryant plans to get elected governor: The 'boa constrictor' strategy returns"

Yesterday, Joel Connelly of Seattle PI wrote about the 'boa constrictor' strategy of the Bryant campaign, and the momentum we have been gaining!

On the campaign's strategy:

It's a variation on the old "boa constrictor" strategy deployed by Gorton in two Senate victories. Pile up Republican majorities in counties around the state and squeeze the liberal heartland of Seattle-King County. He fell about 3,000 votes short in 2000.

The Bryant variation, his strategy for defeating Gov. Jay Inslee, is to build the GOP vote everywhere, a lot in places like Benton County but also a percentage or two even in spots like the 34th District in West Seattle.

Quoting Bill Bryant on the campaign's strategy:

"Our campaign identified how many votes we need and what we can realistically expect in each legislative district. In some legislative districts, victory is defined as 62 percent, in other districts victory is only 21 percent of the vote.

In each, we know how many more votes than Rob (McKenna) we need in order to win statewide. These needed votes span from 300 more votes in some districts, to 3,000 more in other districts.

Our data/digital team is developing a profile of the McKenna/Bryant voter in every legislative district and is applying that profile to those who did not vote in 2012."

On the chances of Jay Inslee:

...he ended the year in shouting distance, trailing Inslee 39-30 percent in a statewide Elway Poll. Not a good "re-elect" number for a governor. 

On why the Inslee administration is in disarray:

The Inslee administration is in some disarray: A trio of top state agencies -- the Departments of Transportation and Corrections, as well as Social and Health Services -- are being run by acting secretaries.

State Senate Republicans fired the state DOT director last week, after the I-405 bridge-tolling jam-ups. The Department of Corrections is embroiled over early release of 13,000 inmates over a period of 13 years.

On why Bill Bryant can beat Inslee:

Bryant is a potentially attractive candidate who has lived and done business -- he's into trade and exports -- on both sides of the "Cascade Curtain." He is self-described as a "great conservationist" whose political hero is Theodore Roosevelt.

Bryant has an issue on which to run, the promise of giving school principals more autonomy and -- finally -- to retool high school to turn out science- and technology-qualified graduates to fill job openings.

Mike Foster