Critics of U.S. Rep. Brian Baird will have to look a little further if they think they can get someone like Krist Novoselic, former Nirvana bassist and active Democrat, to run for Congress in 2008.
“Let me put it this way: ‘No way. Brian Baird has made good decisions for the 3rd district. I was proud of his vote against the war” in 2002, Novoselic said Tuesday in a telephone interview from his Grays River home in southwest Washington.

Novoselic, who wrote a book about returning to grassroots politics and considered a run for lieutenant governor a few years ago, said a Vancouver activist approached him about taking on Baird. Word of that solicitation has circulated in Olympia, where anti-war activists are looking for someone to take on Baird after the five-term congressman expressed support for keeping U.S. troops in Iraq for a longer time.

“I haven’t supported the war,” Novoselic said, adding: “Brian makes good decision for the 3rd district. He’s very accessible. He travels the whole district … I don’t think we should throw him overboard now.’’

The 3rd district takes in Southwest Washington, including Olympia, where Chris Stegman of the Green Party says progressives are looking for a Baird challenger. No viable names have turned up.

Novoselic, who now plays in the band Flipper, had some appeal for left-of-center activists. He has advocated for instant runoff voting and more citizen participation in voting.

Novoselic said he is displeased by the direction of the war and said he doesn’t care for the mullahs of Iran or ruling family of Saudi Arabia. But Baird took time to educate himself by traveling to Iraq and the Mideast so he supports the congressman’s judgment.

“So if he says the surge is working and give it some time, I’m with him,” Novoselic said.

After all that I’m almost disappointed he’s NOT gonna run....

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