Culp an atypical GOP candidate for Washington governor

Culp an atypical GOP candidate for Washington governor

Loren Culp Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp smiles while greeting supporters as he arrives at a rally Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Mount Vernon, Wash. Culp, police chief of the town of Republic, Wash., and author of the book "American Cop: Upholding the Constitution and Defending Your Right to Bear Arms," is running against incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in November. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) SPOKANE — Loren Culp is not the typical Republican running to become governor of Washington. Unlike most previous GOP candidates for the state’s top office, Culp, 59, is a first-time politician. The police chief of the tiny town of Republic in eastern Washington was relatively unknown until he received national attention for saying he wouldn’t enforce a ballot measure approved by voters in 2018 that placed new restrictions on firearms. Culp has also taken on two-term Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s restrictions on public gatherings related to the coronavirus pandemic, hosting large campaign rallies across the state filled with supporters not wearing masks. In line with President Donald Trump — whom he supports in a state that overwhelmingly voted for Hilary Clinton — he has several nicknames for Inslee, such as “Job Killer Jay,” and “Gov. Ineptly.” Culp paints Washington — a state with an until recently booming economy, a big increase in population and rising home prices — as plagued by homelessness, drug abuse, wildfires and government mismanagement. “Democrats have been in charge for a long time,” Culp told the Associated Press. “People are tired.” […]

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