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Friday, August 27, 2010

Sen. Patty Murray Asks for the Liberal Vote Even Though She Voted for DOMA (Also Notes That She Is not the Tallest Member of the U.S. Senate)

Posted by on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Big campaign, tiny senator
  • Kelly O
  • Big campaign, tiny senator

Sen. Patty Murray was in the Pike/Pine neighborhood this morning, an appearance in the most liberal area of Washington state’s most liberal city—a place she needs some enthusiastic support to overcome her Republican opponent Dino Rossi this November. Also, she was within a two-block radius of our offices so Kelly O and I decided to put down our breakfast margaritas and stumble over.

On its face, this was a familiar performance we’ve seen in a few Seattle neighborhoods: Murray walked around talking to small business owners. Their stories were calculated, of course, to tell of the perils of being shut out from business loans that they need to survive—a problem that will be solved before November by legislation Murray supports!

“The banks that seemed to have funds weren’t interested,” Elliott Bay Book Company owner Peter Aaron told the senator, “and the banks that were interested didn’t have the funds.” This sort of real-talk, business-backing listening time parlays nicely into legislation to create the Small Business Lending Fund, which would set aside $30 billion to help community banks that help these small businesses, while providing Murray time on camera with adored urban leaders.

However the subtext here is arguably a bit deeper than chatting with Linda Derschang at Oddfellows Café or discussing the paramount importance of the (heavenly and unmatched) cherry chunk ice cream with Molly Moon. Dispassion among the left is high while Republican blood is boiling.

How’s Murray going to motivate the liberals?

I asked Murray about her plans to motivate her base, how she reconciles her claim to support gay rights even though she voted to ban gay marriage, and whether she’s the tallest member of the U.S. Senate:

For the record, Murray supported Referendum 71, but she also supported the Defense of Marriage Act at the time, because, she says, "it was a state's rights issue." Since then, "People know who I am and who I care about." (Screaming subtext: You know who Rossi is and who he doesn't care about.) Then her handlers briskly pulled her away.

 

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Will in Seattle 1
What did she say about the Billionaires' Tunnel?
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on August 27, 2010 at 1:16 PM · Report this
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@1 She said Rossi wants two of them.
Posted by Let me be the first to say: Fuck Off Will on August 27, 2010 at 1:26 PM · Report this
Vince 3
The left had better wake up or lose whatever it's gained and then some. All this kvetching about not getting our way on every issue is useless and counter productive. Just put the religious fanatics back in charge or get out and support our leaders?
That's the fucking choice!
Posted by Vince on August 27, 2010 at 1:28 PM · Report this
danindowntown 4
Patty Murray has been a fantastic Senator. Members of the LGBT community should take a long-view to this election and Senator Murray. One vote 14 years ago should not disqualify her from earning the votes of the WA LGBT community. LGBT members that discount candidates because of the single issue of gay rights are no better than conservative single-issue voters that discount candidates because of abortion rights. Candidates should be judged on the sum of their positions and record, and the sum of Patty Murray's record and positions reads pro-gay rights, pro-Washington state and pro-progressive governance. She has earned my vote.
Posted by danindowntown on August 27, 2010 at 1:31 PM · Report this
Chris in Vancouver WA 5
Huh? "States rights"? Besides being patently anti-gay, DOMA was a HUGE usurpation of states rights.
Posted by Chris in Vancouver WA on August 27, 2010 at 1:32 PM · Report this
michaelp 6
@3 - exactly.

The idea that the left (and I include myself in this) can magically get anything and everything we want is stupid. The fact remains that this isn't a liberal country, and movement towards the left is slow.

However, losing pragmatic progressives (Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. Rick Larsen) would reverse the direction of things. We currently have successes under the current administration and Congress that need to be built up on. With the GOP in charge, that will not happen.
Posted by michaelp on August 27, 2010 at 1:33 PM · Report this
michaelp 7
And @4 - correct!

Murray has supported Civil Unions, ENDA, repealing DADT, Hate Crimes legislation, etc, etc.

Take a look at Rossi's record when he was in the State Legislature, specifically his votes and stances on equal rights. There is a huge difference.
Posted by michaelp on August 27, 2010 at 1:35 PM · Report this
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She seemed really happy about the height question.
Posted by pox on August 27, 2010 at 1:40 PM · Report this
Dougsf 9
Oh no, she's cavorting with those Pike Street Whores. The man was a profit.
Posted by Dougsf on August 27, 2010 at 1:42 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 10

Patti Murray is precious joke from the early 90s.

She's still pitching the whole aprica stroller on Greenlake yuppie wet dream of working at Microsoft and taking a Ballard Craftsman and adding 3 extra stories by jacking the roof up.

Those days are gone!
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on August 27, 2010 at 1:47 PM · Report this
dirac 11
I really don't want to see creepy-smile Rossi get any office. But I am under no illusion that Patty Murray is a great Senator--just as I am under no illusion that a political group will get everything it wants. But SOMETHING would be nice! Haven't seen that yet.
Posted by dirac on August 27, 2010 at 1:47 PM · Report this
danindowntown 12
@ 10

1. Discover commas.
2. Even when judged by the standards of SLOG trolls your comment makes no sense.
Posted by danindowntown on August 27, 2010 at 1:51 PM · Report this
danindowntown 13
@ 11 Care to explain why you are "under no illusion that Patty Murray is a great Senator?"
Posted by danindowntown on August 27, 2010 at 1:54 PM · Report this
Hawke 14
Well, she IS very short.
Posted by Hawke http://facebook.com/thehawke on August 27, 2010 at 2:06 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 15
Plus, unlike Comrade Rossi, she has never been a Russian agent.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on August 27, 2010 at 2:15 PM · Report this
DOUG. 16
Any "liberal" stupid enough to be thinking of sitting this election out needs to read Patty Murray's October 2002 Senate floor speech condemning the invasion of Iraq.
Posted by DOUG. http://www.dougsvotersguide.com on August 27, 2010 at 2:34 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 17
Good point, Doug.

It's kind of like skipping the vote out of fears of a tiger attack on Capitol Hill while ignoring the real threat from Dino-backed attacks on our toddler's money supply by Stranger staffers.

Right?
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on August 27, 2010 at 3:47 PM · Report this
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Sen. Murray screwed up on the DADT vote and she has steadfastly refused to acknowledge that. It was not a trivial screw up. It reaches fundamental principles.

Her reasoning is BS. See comment 5.

She owes our community (not just LGBTs) an apology and should own up to her gross mistake.

Voting is one thing. I am an activist. I work for candidates that I think are good. And I help raise money for them. If Patty Murray wants more than a vote for me, she going to have to fess-up. Is Sen. Murray too big to apologize?
Posted by Dewet on August 27, 2010 at 4:04 PM · Report this
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That she's not Rossi is a stupid reason to vote for her. It's also the only reason I am voting for her.
Posted by Judith on August 27, 2010 at 4:20 PM · Report this
StillNon 20
Tall people are just plain better than everyone else.

That is all.
Posted by StillNon on August 27, 2010 at 4:23 PM · Report this
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Dumbasses!
Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.
If liberals don't vote for Murray we'll get Rossi.
That's good enough reason for me.
Posted by tacomagirl on August 27, 2010 at 4:26 PM · Report this
danindowntown 22
@ 18 As an "activist" I would think you would understand that compromise and working with politicians is how an "activist" achieves their goals. Senator Murray is working to repeal DADT and has been a strong ally of the LGBT community; your "activism" would be better served by actively working for her reelection rather than passively working for Rossi's election. PS @ 5 is referencing DOMA not DADT.
Posted by danindowntown on August 27, 2010 at 4:28 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 23
Actually, Dino's not exactly tall. I'm pretty sure Larry Phillips could bench press him with one hand.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on August 27, 2010 at 4:28 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 24
its not the left liberals have to worry about. its the inattentive, who vote based on whim and spite. the swing vote. the stupid vote.
Posted by Max Solomon on August 27, 2010 at 8:03 PM · Report this
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20, bite me. Short people DO have every reason to live. And, we're green (we take up less space than most people). Go Patty!
Posted by westello on August 27, 2010 at 8:08 PM · Report this
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Patty Murray is the WORST Senator this state has ever had. She talks about creating jobs and does not have a CLUE how businesses are created. God help Washington if she is re-elected.
Posted by GregCR on September 6, 2010 at 10:44 AM · Report this
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ONLY REASON SHE WANTS TO BE SENATOR BECAUSE SHE COULDNT GET A JOB DOING ANYTHING ELSE. JUST WHAT WE NEED ANOTHER 6 YEARS OF STUPIDITY. THIS IS WHY
THERE NEEDS TO BE TERM LIMITS FOR IDIOTS LIKE THIS.
Posted by nickusa1 on October 31, 2010 at 7:59 PM · Report this
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THE ONLY REASON WHY SHE WANTS OUR VOTE IS BECAUSE SHE COULD NEVER GET A JOB DOING ANYTHING ELSE. VOTE FOR HER AND GET ANOTHER 6 YEARS OF STUPIDITY.
THIS IS WHY THERE SHOULD BE TERM LIMITS. WE'RE THE ONES LOOSING JOBS AND GETTING
SCREWED WHILE PEOPLE LIKE MURRAY KEEP ON GETTING RAISES AND SPECIAL BENEFITS.
Posted by nickusa1 on October 31, 2010 at 8:13 PM · Report this

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