Clinton gives Kilmer a mention at Demo event


Former President Bill Clinton appeared with 6th Congressional candidate Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, in Seattle on Saturday.

Clinton posed for photos with Kilmer and told a small gathering that he appreciated Kilmer for spending the summer of 1995 interning in his Office of Domestic Policy, according to a press release from Kilmer’s campaign.

Kilmer is facing Republican businessman Bill Driscoll for the seat being vacated by Congressman Norm Dicks.

The campaign also released video of Clinton praising both state Sen. Kilmer and 1st Congressional candidate Suzan DelBene at the same time.

“If you really think the economy is the biggest issue in the country, it’s not a close case,” said Clinton. “There are hardly any candidates anywhere in the United States who have better records at actually doing the kind of creative cooperation it takes to create jobs instead of just bloviating about it so I hope you will elect them both to Congress.”

Clinton appeared to about 3,000 people at the Seattle Convention Center at a gathering that was mainly designed to support Jay Inslee for governor.

Clinton’s support comes days after Kilmer received the endorsement of Major General Timothy Lowenberg, the recently retired Adjutant General of Washington who commanded Washington’s Army and Air National Guard forces and was Director of the State’s Emergency Management and Enhanced 911 programs. Lowenberg had never publicly endorsed a political candidate prior to his endorsement of Kilmer.