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July 17, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Endorsement of Ed Murray

Murray’s Senate experience is not promising

Sen. Ed Murray is seen during a meeting of the Senate Way and Means Committee in February.

Sen. Ed Murray is seen during a meeting of the Senate Way and Means Committee in February.

The Seattle Times endorsement of Ed Murray seems to leave out his experiences in Olympia over the past six months. [“Editorial: The Times recommends Ed Murray for mayor of Seattle,” Opinion, July 14.]

Reading The Times during that period, I hardly heard of him and his leadership. He did enter the session with a Democratic majority in the Senate, but he lost control to the Republicans through the desertion of two of his party members.

As a direct result, the Senate, after two special sessions, didn’t pass a budget until the eleventh hour and 59th minute; it failed major new state transportation funding; and it didn’t even allow us here in central Puget Sound to tax ourselves to save our transit.

Is that an example of his “political and deal-making skills” at work? It sounds like Murray helped move the Washington, D.C., environment of gridlock and bickering to Olympia. We don’t need that in Seattle.

John Pehrson, Seattle

Comments | More in Politics, Seattle | Topics: Ed Murray, endorsement, leadership


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