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The latest squabble in the governor s race raises the question of which is worse: Causing a special election, or a special session?

Last week, Republicans blamed Democrat Jay Inslee for causing a special election by resigning his seatin Congress early.

This morning, the Inslee campaign held a conference call and blamed Republican Rob McKenna for causing a special session in Olympia.

Cliff Notes version of the Democratic claim: McKenna held an Olympiapress conference in the middle of the special session tolay out positions onthe state budget, which slowed budget negotiations and spilled over a day into another special session. It just wasn t helpful, said State Sen. Ed Murray, Seattle Democrat and chair of the Ways and Means Committee, who asserts key Republican negotiators weren t available for three days after McKenna s event.

Reader s Digest version of the Republican claim: Inslee didn t do enough research to realize that by resigning in a redistricting year, the state would still be required to hold a special election in November to fill Inslee s seat for the month of December.

Folks paying only slight attention to the squabbling could easily get confused over who caused what, and how much the consequences of each might cost.

Inslee communications director Sterling Clifford opened this morning s conference call criticizing McKenna: To really participate in a standoff that forced an unnecessary special election...

Of course,he meantspecial session. (It s Inslee who Republicansare blaming for a special election.)

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