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Dino Rossi Under Oath at Deposition

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Gubernatorial Candidate Dino Rossi spent much of his day under oath for a lawsuit brought by supporters of his Democratic opponent, Governor Chris Gregoire.

Rossi says the deposition was a waste of valuable campaigning time saying it's a phony and frivolous lawsuit that is politically driven.

Two former Supreme Court judges, Faith Ireland and Robert Utter, both of which donated money to Gregoire's campaign launched the lawsuit accusing Rossi of illegal campaign fund-raising. 

They claim the Building Industry Association of Washington gave to much money to Rossi's campaign, surpassing spending limits.

They also accuse Rossi of raising funds and campaigning before declaring his candidacy.  Rossi says the accusations are false.

"This is the caliber of people that we're dealing with.  Christine Gregoire thinks the only way she's going to be able to maintain power is through the courts.  And the last thing we need is another governor appointed by the court."

Pro-Democratic attorney's who questioned Rossi in today's four hour deposition asked for more time, but Judge Paris Kallas of King County Superior Court refused their request.