BLOG: McKenna’s Asian supporters

By Assunta Ng

It was tough for Rob McKenna’s supporters to accept defeat. These folks had poured their heart, money, and time into his campaign.

Ron Chow loaned his staff to McKenna’s Chinatown office and accompanied McKenna to many functions. Shiao-Yen Wu donated her real estate office so volunteers could call potential voters. Walter Liang acted as a surrogate for McKenna in the Asian community.

Yoshi Minegishi thought of every opportunity to advance the campaign. Tomi Moriguchi gave immense financial support. Judy Yu organized “Women for Rob” events. And finally, Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee and Jerry Lee organized a last-minute fundraising party at MulvannyG2 Architecture for a final strong push.

But not everyone was sad. A few supporters said it’s time to move on and rebuild relationships.

“I can live with either one (including governor-elect Jay Inslee) as governor,” one said. “They are both good guys.” (end)

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