I'm not the only one who thinks Republican Dino Rossi is hurting himself—not to mention his party—with all this coyness about whether or not he'll run against Patty Murray in the fall.

Today a Republican, Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke, slams Rossi for his foot-dragging in an open letter to the state Republican party that's been posted on the blog TheReaganWing.

It's worth re-posting here in full for a sense of the frustration that's being created by Rossi's calculated silence:

Dear Members of the State Committee:

I am very disappointed that Dino Rossi is playing political games with the Republican Party.

We have the ability to take this seat in the Senate away from the democrats, but Rossi’s failure to make a decision has badly hurt our chances.

We have other candidates who’ve been in the race for a long time now and who’ve been taking Sen. Patty Murray to task over and over on the things she is doing and not doing. Some have been paying for TV in Seattle and other areas exposing Murray’s voting record. I am concerned that Rossi’s failure to make a decision has been holding up contributions that would normally be going to other viable candidates. Rossi has held back with his finger in the wind long enough and it is hurting and jeopardizing good Republican candidates who can actually win this race.

Enough is enough, Rossi would be getting started way too late to have a successful campaign himself if he announced now… He needs to get out of the WAY and let others run… or we will have lost any chance to take this seat away from Murray when she is the most vulnerable she is ever likely to be.

Dino has hurt us all by waiting for no good reason; financial, political or strategic. All he’s done is anger a lot of the base because he refuses to make his plans public and that makes him look indecisive while a lot of us see this fantastic opportunity slipping away because of Rossi.

I, for one have had enough.

Tom Mielke
Clark County Commissioner
District 1 (GOP)