On Friday, the NW Daily Marker’s Bryan Myrick sparked some attention to the idea that I might consider running against U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell when he penned this story about me being mentioned as a potential candidate by Washington State Republicans. Since Bryan’s story posted, I’ve received calls and messages from friends around Washington, former White House colleagues and quite a few reporters wanting to know about the speculation.
As I’ve told everyone who’s contacted me, my focus is on marrying and starting a life with my beautiful fiance, Priscilla Jones (slideshow of the proposal here!). I’m very excited for that journey to begin. I also want to say that I appreciate all of the kind words I’ve received from folks all over the country. They’ve meant a great deal to me. Below is the full statement that I’ve shared with reporters, as well as a few links to some of the stories about the topic.
“My immediate focus is on marrying the woman of my dreams on September 10.
I have spoken with leaders in this state and my former White House colleagues about the idea of running for the United States Senate. I’m flattered that individuals I worked with to defeat the disastrous state income tax proposal last year believe that I could provide a positive voice for Washington in the U.S. Senate.
Washington, DC, is broken. Voters of this state are hungry for principled leadership which addresses the serious fiscal crisis that politicians like Sen. Cantwell have caused. Sen. Cantwell and her allies in our nation’s capital are busy burying our children and grandchildren in a blizzard of debt. This has got to stop. Rather than tackle the big issues of getting Americans back to work and putting our economic house in order, it seems the only jobs program in Congress is the one where they try to preserve their own. We deserve better.
In the coming weeks, I’m going to continue to plan my wedding with my lovely fiancé, Priscilla Jones. After September, I’ll work to grow my business and will consider this opportunity to be a constructive voice for Washington.”
NW Daily Marker – Former WH Dep. Press Sec. Stanzel Mentioned As Possible Challenger to Cantwell
The Daily Caller – Dana Perino confident about chances of former deputy against Sen. Cantwell
CNN – Former Bush aide mulls Senate bid
National Journal – Can Republicans take on Cantwell?
Associated Press – Former presidential spokesman considering challenge to Sen. Cantwell
Reuters – Former Bush aide Stanzel considering Senate run
NW Daily Marker – Dana Perino Warns Democrats to Beware Taking Stanzel Lightly Against Cantwell
The Seattle Times – Cantwell raises nearly $1.4 million in the second quarter
Red County – Scott Stanzel for US Senate?
Seattle Weekly – Matt Baretto on Scott Stanzel/Maria Cantwell Matchup
Roll Call – Stanzel Confirms Interest in Cantwell Senate Challenge
National Review Online – Stanzel vs. Cantwell in Washington State in 2012?
Yahoo News – Former WH official Stanzel mulls Senate bid
O’Dwyers (PR trade publication) – Former Bush, Microsoft PR hand mulls Senate bid