Republican, Democrat launch centrist group in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — The politically traumatized or in denial voter is being courted by a new movement that will support independent, centrist-minded candidates for elected office in Washington state.

That includes Republicans who have denounced President Donald Trump and his brand of conservatism, as well as Democrats tired of obeying their embattled leadership.

A former Democratic congressman and a former head of the state GOP have launched the Washington Independents as a “safe place” for non-confirming politicians.

The group said Thursday that it has about 600 people who have indicated interest in their work. It plans to start out slow and will focus on a handful of Washington state legislative seats for the next election.