Caitlin Ross has given stump speeches, been in front of huge audiences, pressed the flesh by the hundreds at county fairs and been interviewed many times on the radio and TV.
"But," she says, "I have never done what I'll be doing next week."
What Caitlin, the diminutive 23-year-old elder daughter of KIRO's Dave Ross (m-f, 9a-12p) will be doing next week is filling in for him on Monday and Friday. Other fill-ins will be David Goldstein,Tuesday; Carl Jeffers, Wednesday & Thursday.
"I've never been the host of anything..." she says - "I guess I've been the host of my campaign."
Caitlin, as we reported last year, ran (or hosted) a campaign for state representative in the dryside 9th District which sprawls over all or parts of six counties– Whitman, Adams, Franklin, Garfield, Asotin and Spokane.
She lost- she was a Democrat in the Republican heartland, after all- but it wasn't for lack of a spirited, and serious campaign. Her opponent was a Steve Hailey of Mesa, a third generation farmer, Vietnam vet, grandfather and Republican in a district that hasn't put a Democrat in the Legislature since 1976. (Hailey's silly name, according to a New York Times report is Snotty Wafflebrains).
Caitlin graduated Gonzaga University in 2005. After the campaign, Caitlin had trouble finding a job on the dryside, so she's back over here working in Ballard and living on Mercer Island. She's applying to work in the 2008 legislative session.
"My real roots are in Eastern Washington," she says. (That's why she hangs out up to her butt in wheat (see photo).
Rod Arquette, she says, approached her, and talked her into trying out a couple of days of fill-in for her Dad. It sounds like she doesn't quite believe it herself when she says, "I know I can do it- I'll be in good hands- and besides it's only three hours."
She's still unsure about her political footing in liberal Seattle. "I'm new to the politics of the west side- I'm a little conservative for here- over there I was a flaming liberal."
You'll do fine, we said. "I just know," she replied, " that I'm bookends to the week, and I better have something to say by 9 ayem."