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July 24, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Murray hired by UW amid cuts

Murray not right for mayor

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.

That saying, “you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” holds true in regard to state Sen. Ed Murray running for mayor. [“Murray got job at UW amid cuts,” NW Sunday, July 21.]

Although Murray was a leader in the Senate, accomplishing a lot, he, along with others, could not pass the sorely-needed transportation bill.

Further, what magic wand caused the University of Washington to pay Murray $50,000 yearly for whatever expertise he had, when the UW was facing an $81 million state budget cut, higher tuitions and loss of hundreds of jobs in 2009? Even with the strapped budget, the UW’s Office of Planning and Budget hired Murray. Was it to influence more money for the UW?

Of course, Ed Murray is an honest man, and we can’t fault his salaries, but his lengthy tenure in the state Legislature does not necessarily qualify him to be the mayor of Seattle. When something’s not broke, don’t try to fix it!

Leonard Larson, Seattle

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