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June 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM

MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ goes with the wrong Steinbrueck

Actually a photo of German politician Peer Steinbrueck

Actually a photo of German politician Peer Steinbrueck

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray went on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” talk show very early this morning for a victory lap on Seattle’s historic $15 minimum wage, which he signed into law Tuesday.

Murray also was asked by political journalist John Heilemann about Wednesday’s Seattle Times story on the $98,000 no-bid contract the mayor arranged for former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck. Murray responded “I don’t think there is a story” and defended hiring Steinbrueck for his skills in land use and planning.

But insomniac Seattle viewers who tuned in about 4:30 a.m. Pacific time may have done a double take at the “Steinbrueck” photo MSNBC ran with the segment. The bespectacled man was not Seattle’s Peter Steinbrueck, but German politician Peer Steinbrueck, a leader of that country’s Social Democratic Party.

Hoppla!

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