Establishment GOP candidate for House to get Hastings’ blessing
At a “joint announcement” in Richland on Wednesday morning, outgoing Republican U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings is expected to endorse ex-state agriculture director Dan Newhouse to succeed him in the state’s 4th Congressional District. Newhouse is the GOP establishment’s candidate in a Republican-vs.-Republican runoff for the Central Washington seat. He is running against a Tea Party favorite, ex-Washington Redskins tight end Clint Didier. Newhouse needs the Doc. He carried only his base of Yakima County in the August primary. Didier won seven of the 4th District’s eight counties, and came out about 7,300 votes ahead in the Tri-Cities population centers of Benton and Franklin counties. Seattle P-I, 9-2-14.