July 17, 2013 at 7:37 PM
Endorsement of Ed Murray
Murray’s Senate experience is not promising
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
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