State Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, said he won’t be running to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings this year.
Manweller, a first-term Republican in the state House, represents part of the 4th Congressional District but doesn’t live there. The U.S. Constitution only requires candidates be state residents, but Manweller said it wouldn’t be appropriate for him to run.
“It’s not unconstitutional for me to run but I do think that you should live in the district that you’re seeking to represent,” Manweller said.
He also said it “seems arrogant” for a first-year legislator who doesn’t live in a district to run for Congress.
“You’re a carpetbagger, you’re presumptuous; it just doesn’t sound like a good idea at all,” Manweller said.
On Thursday, state Rep. David Taylor, R-Moxee, also notified his supporters he won’t be running for Congress either. Taylor’s name had come up as a possibility on the national politics blog Roll Call along with fellow 15th District Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger.
NorthWest Cable News also reported this morning that former NFL tight end and tea party activist Clint Didier will announce on Monday whether he will run.
In today’s Yakima Herald-Republic coverage of Hastings’ pending retirement, we took our own stab at who’s most likely to run for Hastings’ seat.