8th District Congressional candidate talks tariffs, immigration and more


WENATCHEE- 8th District Congressional candidate Dino Rossi has been making his rounds throughout the Wenatchee Valley since announcing last year that he would seek the position being vacated by U.S. Representative Dave Reichert.

Rossi was in Wenatchee again on Thursday and sat down with NCWLIFE’s Grant Olson to talk, among other things, tariff’s, immigration and building a wall.

The 58-year-old Rossi is in the 7th political campaign of his career. In Wenatchee for a Republican fundraiser, Olson asked him to respond to how recent tariff’s are affecting local fruit growers and if he agrees with President Trump’s hardline stand.

“It’s been very difficult, I’ve been very clear that I really don’t believe anybody wins a trade war,” Rossi said. “Of course I have support from every farm bureau in every county and the state farm bureau and always have in every election I’ve ever had.”

Rossi says he’s been in constant contact with the farm community.

“It’s going to be difficult,” Rossi said. “I don’t know that I would have taken on all of them at once, China, EU, Canada, Mexico, everybody. I might have just picked one and made an example and gone from there but it’s not my call. We have to be concerned when our products can’t get to market or the markets that we’re looking for.”

Rossi also talked about the continuing immigration reform controversy and the effects it has on area growers.

“It’s clear it’s too easy for people to get here illegally and too hard for people to get here legally, we need to have a guest worker program that actually works,” Rossi said, adding that guest workers are different than immigration in the fact that they come to work and go back to their home country. “You can’t do that unless you have real border security and you really know who’s coming and going.”

When asked if he is in favor of a wall, Rossi said he sees it as a combination of a number of things to secure the border.

“There has to be physical structure, electronic monitoring as well and there needs to be human interaction,” Rossi said. “The whole point is, is that if you don’t actually secure the border, you’ll be back in the same boat again two years from now. A country that doesn’t have borders isn’t really a country.”

Including Rossi, there are 11 candidates running for the congressional seat being vacated by Dave Reichert.

Rossi was a State Senator representing King County from 1996 to 2003 and was reappointed to the State Senate in both 2012 and 2016 by the King County Council.