Pasco-area farmer eyes Senate run

Clint Didier, a former NFL player, could oppose U.S. Sen. Patty Murray in 2010.

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A former professional football player who now farms north of Pasco has announced he is exploring a run for Congress.

Clint Didier has said he plans to form a committee to look at running against incumbent Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., in the 2010 election. If he runs, Didier said that as a conservative he will probably align himself with the Republican Party.

A native of Eltopia, Didier graduated from Connell High School in 1977. He then attended Columbia Basin College, where he earned an associate in arts degree. He went on to Portland State University, graduating with a major in administration of justice and corrections.

Didier also played football at PSU, doing well enough to be scouted by Joe Gibbs, who was then the new head coach of the Washington Redskins. He was drafted by the Redskins in 1981 and played seven years with Washington, a stint that included participation in three Super Bowls.

The last two years of his football career were with the Green Bay Packers.

After retiring from football, Didier returned to Washington state with his wife, Kristie, and four children and bought a farm that has grown into an 1,100-acre operation raising alfalfa, wheat and other crops. In addition, Didier coaches football for his former high school and has an earth-moving business.

Didier said that among the issues he intends to campaign on are limiting federal power, fiscal responsibility, elimination of tax increases and placing a freeze on congressional salaries.

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