Saturday afternoon, The Reagan Wing held an exclusive interview with former Washington Senate Candidate Chris Widener, specifically to learn how he had determined “the three leading candidates” in the race.
CW: “I had a 15–minute interview with the Times reporter. I spent two to three minutes talking about Clint Didier and that never made it into the story. The [quoted statement] is not entirely accurate. It is half the story.
“I don’t even like the term ‘front runner’. I look at it as viable candidates. It comes down to who can win. Everybody in the race is a good conservative I know and like with conservative principles. We agree on probably 90% [of our positions].”
RW: You had previously said you would bow out of the race should Dino Rossi decide to run in the primary. He has not made a decision, yet you have decided to step down.
CW: “For me, it came down to the ability to stay in and carry it [the campaign] through to the end. I determined I could help the race better by not being in the race.”
[Editor’s Note: Chris Widener considers Dino Rossi his best friend.]
Asked whether he or any of his endorsers would be lending their support (before the primary) to another candidate, Widener said:
“Everything, endorsements and money, will be frozen and hinge on whether Dino gets in the race. My plan is to work independently of the campaigns and take our “Not Patty” idea to make people aware of her record, to help whoever is in the race.”
Widener offered his assessment of some of the other candidates, several of whom he counts as friends. He said he had contacted Clint Didier, Sean Salazar, Art Coday, Paul Akers, Don Benton, and Craig Williams to inform them of his decision prior to making a public announcement.
Don Benton: “Don is a force to be reckoned with. He has won before and knows politics.”
Art Coday “is a long shot I think but has picked up traction. He is one of the smartest guys in the race if not the smartest. I have said he and Craig Williams are the smartest in the race.”
Paul Akers “is a wild card. [I like Paul but] I don’t really know what he believes. Any time you have someone with money who is willing to spend money [on a campaign, you have a candidate to watch].”
“Craig Williams and Sean Salazar [are] two I like personally and I wish they had more viability. Sean has a vision for the inner city that our party needs to learn from.”[Chris Widener is the author of 9 books, 85 audio and video programs, and 450 articles on leadership, motivation and success including The Angel Inside, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon.com best-seller. He was the previous host of a national interview show—Made For Success and a television show with famed motivator, Zig Ziglar. He has spoken professionally since 1988.]