It is with a sad heart that I must regretfully endorse Patty Murray for US Senate. I have become familiar with specific criteria during the Senate primary that have led me to conclude that I must support the Front Runner in her re-election bid:
1. Name Recognition – Not only does Patty Murray have state-wide recognition but President Obama came to Seattle to stump for her. She also is the Senate Majority Conference Secretary, making her the fourth highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate. Murray was the chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 2001 to 2003, and she is now a senior member of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations and the chairwoman of its Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee.
2. Ability to Raise Money- Patty Murray is out-raising Rossi by nearly 2-1. Without the funds needed to run a Senate race, Dino cannot possibly compete. Fund Raising also speaks volumes about grassroots support. Where is Rossi’s grassroots support if he can’t even approach Murray in fund raising? Alas, I feel that, though I may agree with him on some of the issues, without grassroots support and money, Rossi won’t be able to gain the traction needed for a successful Senate race.
3. Experience – Patty Murray has an 18-year track record as a US Senator while Dino Rossi has absolutely zero experience as a US Senator.
4. Moderate and Independent Voters – Patty Murray is able to take advantage of a Liberal school system to snag the young voters. She has dedicated much of her political capital to buy Veteran’s votes and she concentrates heavily on women and union votes. Murray has brought home millions of dollars in Federal Spending in order to increase her influence, along with her push for green jobs and cap-and-trade legislation.
We as Washingtonians must strive for UNITY above all else, issues and policy mean much less than supporting the Front Runner and getting behind the one we all know is going to win. To all the Rossi supporters out there, I suggest you learn the same lessons that I learned at the Washington State Republican Convention and from the US Senate Primaries… Follow the King County Majority or get out of the way (nobody wants to hear the minority/dissenting viewpoint from the rest of the state). ;-)