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May 30, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Mayoral candidate highlights strengths

Murray can’t compromise

The Seattle Times article portrays state Sen. Ed Murray — now campaigning to be elected mayor of Seattle — as a balanced, effective leader in the Senate [“State senator says his ability to compromise is key to success,” NWTuesday, May 28].

Reading the article calls to mind the adage about politicians like Murray: ”Pay little attention to what politicians say; instead, look carefully at what they do.”

For Murray to suggest that he knows how to compromise is laughable. He seems largely to have been a one-issue legislator, and he has never met a tax on the people that he did not like. Unquestionably, he is a major reason why three Democrats bolted this session, giving a voting majority to the Republicans.

Effective leadership? His voracious appetite for taxes, inability to constrain expenditures and lack of a record of effective leadership speaks for itself. So, for him to present himself as a great political compromiser is ludicrous. Look at his record and not his vacuous words.

Robert Bowlin, Seattle

Comments | Topics: Ed Murray, mayor

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