After endorsing Republican Congressman Dave Reichert in 2006 ("The former King County sheriff has an impressive record of public service and has shown a conscience-driven independent streak") and 2008 ("Reichert is still best"), the Seattle Times is done with the guy—and reaches back into political history in order to beat him over the head with the legacy of his eastside predecessor, Republican Jennifer Dunn.

WHEN Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn retired in 2004 from the 8th District that spans eastern King and Pierce counties, the Republican Party looked far and wide for a candidate to fill her capable shoes.

King County Sheriff Dave Reichert was chosen and elected on a wave of popular appeal for a law-enforcement officer whose dogged decades-long work led to the capture of the Green River killer. Now a three-term congressman, Reichert has failed to ably fill the Dunn legacy.

The paper's new Queen of the Eastside: Suzan DelBene, who "shows tremendous promise" because, among other reasons, she's "not a guaranteed Democratic vote."