Shortly after the state Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve the state version of the Dream Act, which would allow financial aid for students illegally brought to the United States as children, the office of Mayor Ed Murray put out a press release praising its passage.
But press spokeswoman Rosalind Brazel, on the job for less than a month, mistakenly sent her two drafts of Murray’s response to all the press. The “sausage-making” draft started with a note to Brazel’s boss, Murray Communications Director Jeff Reading. “Jeff–two statements below. One more straight forward, one with a “tisk tisk” feel.”
The “tisk tisk” version notes that Murray took “up this fight so many years ago as a State Senator” and is glad to see that it “has finally come to fruition.” The first version says Murray is proud and pleased.
The subject line for Brazel’s next frantic email says “DISREGARD!!!” and adds in the text the obvious, “This was not intended for public viewing.” The next email says “Recall: DRAFT.”
The final, official version says,
“I was proud to sponsor the Dream Act as a State Senator. I am pleased that the State Senate passed a similar bill today, and that all youth, regardless of status, will have better access to higher education. With the passage of the Dream Act, we have helped undocumented youth throughout Washington come closer to realizing the American Dream.”
Maybe Brazel’s boss, in New York City for the Super Bowl, will never have to know. Brazel came to the city from the Seattle PR firm, The Fearey Group, and is making $95,000 a year.