In response to what the campaign for Sen. Ed Murray calls the “false and divisive statements” made by supporters of Mayor Mike McGinn earlier in the week, Murray’s camp today released a list of civil-rights leaders and advocates for working people endorsing him, as well as recounting his work in the Legislature on behalf of immigrants, people of color and sexual minorities.
“We are deeply concerned by the false statements made recently by the Mayor’s campaign that imply that Senator Murray has not supported issues for communities of color. We support him precisely because he has been a consistent and strong voice for equal rights and justice … for ALL people,” said the news release, signed by almost 20 minority and union leaders including Rep. Eric Pettigrew, City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, former King County Executive Ron Sims, former City Councilmembers David Della and Martha Choe, Pramila Jayapal formerly of One America and James Kelly, former president of the Seattle Urban League.
On Monday, a group of two-dozen civil-rights and minority community leaders voiced their support for McGinn in the Seattle mayor’s race and implied that Murray had opposed efforts to preserve affirmative-action programs in Washington state from Initiative 200, which barred them. Murray flatly denied the accusations as did some other representatives in the Legislature at the time.