Republican jumps into race against US Sen. Patty Murray

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Former Washington state Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance says he's running against Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, who is seeking her fifth six-year term.

Vance issued a written statement Tuesday, saying he is running because he is tired of the gridlock in Congress. In a video posted on his website, he said Murray is part of the problem.

Shortly after the announcement, an email was sent out by the group "People for Patty Murray" asking supporters to donate to her campaign and referring to Vance as "the Karl Rove of Washington state."

Vance, 53, previously served in the state House and on the King County Council before serving as party chairman from 2001 to 2006.

Most recently, he's worked as a consultant and political commentator.