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ELECTION: Smith ad full of lies about Muri

Letter by Susan E. Murphy, Lacey on Oct. 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm with 67 Comments »
October 8, 2010 2:50 pm

I am writing to express my disgust with an ad done by Adam Smith’s campaign attacking Dick Muri. Several statements made, referencing The News Tribune, are grossly distorted or false.

Just a few:

• The ad says Muri voted himself a 21 percent pay raise (TNT, 11-22-2006). Distorted and wrong. The Pierce County Council voted a raise for the county executive, bringing that position’s salary in line with similar positions. By charter, the rest of the council automatically received the 21 percent raise.

Although Muri did vote “yes,” the article specifically states that he would not receive the raise at that time, only if re-elected in the next cycle.

• The ad mentions that Muri voted to extend term limits (TNT, 10-26-2009). That is misleading. The article states Muri was tasked to draft the charter amendments that the public would vote on, not the County Council.

• The ad says that Muri cut public safety funding (TNT, 11-12-2009). That has some validity. During Muri’s tenure, budgeting for public safety increased from 73 percent to 78 percent of the overall budget. For the 2010 budget, the entire council did vote cuts, including 15 sheriff’s deputies.

Please consider the time line: Government at all levels, except federal, was making the hard cuts to reduce or avoid deficits. It stinks, but I am happy there are those responsible enough to do it.

Shame on Smith. If he is not comfortable running on his own record while in Congress, or too scared, perhaps he shouldn’t be running at all.

Susan Murphy

Leave a comment Comments → 67
  1. Smith voted for Obamacare. That is all that matters. It was such a disasterous decision that we will pay for decades to come, he does not deserve re-election.
    Muri is not Smith, so he gets my vote.

  2. fatuous says:

    “It stinks, but I am happy there are those responsible enough to do it.”

    They are constitutionally required to have a balance budget, something the Republicans and Democrats in federal government don’t have to follow.

    Anyhow, I wish all politicians told the complete story, including Patty, Dino, and all the rest.

    In the mean while, hit the mute button.

  3. ggd11thacr says:

    Dick Muri did what needed to be done and what the Federal Government needs to do, make the tough choices to balance the budget, cut the size of Government and get the Government out of peoples everyday lives. adam smith always says he’s for the people, but he always votes against the people!! Time for Adam Smith to retire!!!! VOTE FOR DICK MURI NOVEMBER 2!!!!

  4. The Democrats, while they are still in power, have awesome tasks before them. We’ve got a got a society of do nothing Republicans,
    Tea Party types and residents who have massive problems about changing their lives even a tiny bit. If you are consuming like you did
    10 years ago you’re part of the problem.

  5. Sumner401 says:

    It looks to me that everything in Smiths ad is true.
    Muri would in fact be bad for the state and the nation, but he is a republicans so it goes with out saying.

    If you really want the economy to grow then vote for Democrats, history shows us which party is better for the economy and it’s the Democrats.

  6. OldLefty says:

    Republicans want to take our country back.

    Democrats want to take it forward.

  7. OldLefty says:

    The ad says Muri voted himself a 21 percent pay raise (TNT, 11-22-2006). Distorted and wrong. The Pierce County Council voted a raise for the county executive, bringing that position’s salary in line with similar positions. By charter, the rest of the council automatically received the 21 percent raise.

    Although Muri did vote “yes,” the article specifically states that he would not receive the raise at that time, only if re-elected in the next cycle.

    Now let’s ask the question if Muri knew he was running and if he had opposition (or strong opposition) for the position that he voted “yes” to a 21% raise.

  8. linhamill says:

    I echo the above…Adam Smith voted yes for obamacare against the will of his constituents. That’s all we need to know. He needs to be fired.

    the other strike against Smith, in my opinion, is that he is in favor of amnesty for illegals. We can’t afford to support the world. Right now we can hardly afford to support ourselves. Another reason Smith needs to be fired.

    He sure knows how to work that liberal media bias!

  9. OldLefty says:

    linhamill says:
    October 8, 2010 at 8:39 pm
    I echo the above…Adam Smith voted yes for obamacare against the will of his constituents. That’s all we need to know. He needs to be fired.

    the other strike against Smith, in my opinion, is that he is in favor of amnesty for illegals. We can’t afford to support the world. Right now we can hardly afford to support ourselves. Another reason Smith needs to be fired.

    He sure knows how to work that liberal media bias!

    Where is the proof that Smith’ constituents didn’t want HEALTH CARE INSURANCE REFORM (which is what it really is)?

    “That’s all we need to know”. It appears you don’t know much about all you need to know. Start with an understanding of the legislation and what the knowledgeable people think about it. The minute “Obamacare” comes out of your mouth/mind, you’ve demonstated how little you really know about the subject.

    Amesty for illegals? Try Ronald Reagan’s amnesty program for 1.2 million illegals during his administration. (Probably just another of those subjects that you are not real educated on).

    “Liberal media” – Tell me one media that is owned by a liberal.

  10. Adam “Pelosi” Smith is far too liberal for the 9th district. Maybe “old lefty” likes him, but old lefty would probably be more at home on Jim McDermott turf in Seattle.

    The problem for Smith is that his voting record is more liberal than Rep. McDermott in Seattle. He in step with Nancy Pelosi but out of step with his constituents.

  11. PS:

    Susan, you go girl! Nice letter.

  12. OldLefty says:

    “Liberalism (from the Latin liberalis, “of freedom”[1]) is the belief in the importance of individual liberty and equal rights.[2] Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but most liberals support such fundamental ideas as constitutions, liberal democracy, free and fair elections, human rights, capitalism, free trade, and the separation of church and state. These ideas are widely accepted, even by political groups that do not openly profess a liberal ideological orientation. Liberalism encompasses several intellectual trends and traditions, but the dominant variants are classical liberalism, which became popular in the eighteenth century, and social liberalism, which became popular in the twentieth century.”

    “ozark says:
    October 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm
    Adam “Pelosi” Smith is far too liberal for the 9th district.”

    ozark, I guess your statement means that the voters of the 9th are not “believers in the importance of individual liberty and equal rights”

    They also must not “support such fundamental ideas as constitutions, liberal democracy, free and fair elections, human rights, capitalism, free trade, and the separation of church and state.”

    Yeah, we can’t be havin’ any of that liberal stuff in the good ol’ 9th District, can we? ‘specially when it talks about that freedom stuff.

  13. OldLefty says:

    “Now in his 7th term, Smith serves on both the Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He also served until recently on the House Foreign Affairs Committee for eight years. As a 13-year member of the House Armed Services Committee, he chairs the Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces (ALF). This committee has jurisdiction of all Army and nearly all Air Force acquisition programs. Prior to being named chair of ALF, Adam chaired the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities subcommittee, which oversees the nation’s Special Operations Forces and counter-terrorism policy, among other critical areas. As a member of the Intelligence Committee, Smith is responsible for overseeing and funding the intelligence and intelligence-related activities and programs of the United States government.”

    Just not suitable for the 9th District. He sure fooled them for 14 years, though.

  14. aislander says:

    OL: Nice try at conflating classical liberalism (see the Founders) with the illiberal liberalism of Nancy Pelosi. Not buyin’ it because they are polar opposites. Today’s conservatives are the true classical liberals…

  15. blakeshouse says:

    When you have a record as horrific as Smith’s there is no choice but to attack anyone running against you. When your views and ideals are too far left for the old Soviet Union, you have no choice but attack ads that score a negative 10 on the truth meter. Don’t look at what I’ve DONE just listen to the BS I am spewing while destroying the US All incumbants across the country are running as far and as fast as they can from their record. Not that it matters, the BOL will miraculously find ballots enough to make it a mute point. Any challenger in this state has to winn by a tleast 7 points to insure the election isn’t stolen from US.

  16. Sumner401 says:

    I wonder if the far right even notices that in order for the Democrats to be the big bad scary evil villains that the GOP needs them to be, they have been forced to redefine not only ‘socialist’ but ‘liberal’, ‘Marxist’, ‘fascists’, ‘communist’ ‘stateist’ and even ‘health care’.

    At some point one would thing that even they themselves would begin to question why and ask where they are heading.
    Maybe not, only those that aren’t brain washed by the media would ask those rational questions.

  17. Sumner401 says:

    blake, what is muri offering that isn’t what got us into trouble in the first place?
    Anything of substance or just the same old GOP platitudes you all seem to love so much?
    In fact what are any of the republicans offering that new and that will work?

  18. headedsouth says:

    Do Nothing Dick had his dirty laundry aired and he is scared! He gave himself a raise and tried to fool the voters by giving himself 4 more years on County Council. Susan’s letter just proved that in her letter and she showed that the DICK lovers are willing to put their selfish needs before the constituents. Adam thinks for himself unlike Do Nothing Dick who is the puppet for Shawn Bunney and Roger Bush. Down with Dick!

  19. OldLefty says:

    “aislander says:
    October 8, 2010 at 11:20 pm
    OL: Nice try at conflating classical liberalism (see the Founders) with the illiberal liberalism of Nancy Pelosi. Not buyin’ it because they are polar opposites. Today’s conservatives are the true classical liberals… “

    Funny how you guys get to rewrite the dictionary at will when it suits you. I understand you do that with history also.

  20. OldLefty says:

    “blakeshouse says:
    October 9, 2010 at 6:41 am
    When you have a record as horrific as Smith’s there is no choice but to attack anyone running against you. When your views and ideals are too far left for the old Soviet Union, you have no choice but attack ads that score a negative 10 on the truth meter. ”

    I’d call this hyperbole, but that would give it creedence. Let’s say “drama” instead.

  21. OldLefty says:

    Oh, and aislander…..

    il·lib·er·al   /ɪˈlɪbərəl, ɪˈlɪbrəl/ Show Spelled
    [ih-lib-er-uhl, ih-lib-ruhl] Show IPA

    –adjective
    1. narrowminded; bigoted.
    2. Archaic .
    a. not generous in giving; miserly; niggardly; stingy.
    b. Chiefly Literary . without culture or refinement; unscholarly; vulgar.

    Tea Party comes to mind when I read the definition of “illiberal”

  22. PumainTacoma says:

    When did the “self-fish” needs of the voter (as headsouth proclaims) give the Democrats a reason to demonize those that pay 50% of the federal taxes, those that save for their own darn retirement and not suck off the federal or state govt. for monies or pensions, or pay $6700 a year in property taxes for teachers to whine about working 7 hour days and 180 days a year compared to private sector workers working 270+ days a year at 12+ hour days without overtime (mind you).

    LISTEN UP Democrats are going to go down in flames in November BECAUSE those that demonize those that pay a heck of a lot of taxes are not going to vote any of the bums back in office. Enough already. So go ahead and call me names and demonize the hard working people who pay taxes and save save save. You will soon get an awakening my friend.

  23. OldLefty says:

    “PumainTacoma says:
    October 9, 2010 at 9:47 am
    When did the “self-fish” needs of the voter (as headsouth proclaims) give the Democrats a reason to demonize those that pay 50% of the federal taxes, those that save for their own darn retirement and not suck off the federal or state govt. for monies or pensions, or pay $6700 a year in property taxes for teachers to whine about working 7 hour days and 180 days a year compared to private sector workers working 270+ days a year at 12+ hour days without overtime (mind you).

    Well, where do we start?
    Teacher’s schedules – 180 day years were a product of farming communities and needing the kids to work on the farm part of the year. Never changed. Why should it? What would be the incentive for teachers to change that arrangement after 100 years or so – especially since you want them to work for less money so that you don’t pay so much in property taxes.

    $6,700???? That must be some mansion!!! I live rather comfortably on a little private golf course and only pay $2,400 a year. 50% in Federal income tax???? I thought the lid was 37%?????

    “private sector workers working 270+ days a year at 12+ hour days without overtime” – You’d better have a talk with your boss. Mine only requires about 40 hours a week and is generous with benefits. If you only worked 5 days a week (not counting for holidays) that would be a 261 day year, but that would mean that you work on Christmas, etc. Do you work for Scrooge??????

    Pumain – no one is going to call you names, but we are going to question your hyperbolic rant and its accuracy.

  24. It seems like someone is playing pretty loose with Muri’s voting record so let’s look at Smith’s. He voted to reduce our border security in order to allow drug smugglers easier entry. HR4437
    Voted to legalize the kidnapping of minors. HR1218, also voted to remove students right to free speech HR609 and voted to allow lobbyist to skip the filing of quarterly discloser reports.HR4975
    Wow interpretation is everthing

  25. Sumner401 says:

    It seems someone is playing really loose with the truth.
    Interpretation is everything but the truth and honesty count more.

  26. OldLefty says:

    HR4437 – “Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) to take all appropriate actions to maintain operational control over the U.S. international land and maritime borders, including: (1) systematic surveillance using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), ground-based sensors, satellites, radar coverage, and cameras; (2) physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful U.S. entry and facilitate United States Customs and Border Protection border access; (3) hiring and training additional Border Patrol agents; and (4) increasing deployment of United States Customs and Border Protection personnel to border areas with high levels of unlawful entry. Requires the Secretary to annually report to Congress respecting border control progress.”

    Tell me what this law would have changed, specifically.

  27. OldLefty says:

    “HR4975: Extend from one year to two the ban on lobbying by former members of Congress and senior executive branch employees, and impose additional gift and travel restrictions.”

    Now THERE is the kind of stuff we need. Make former Congressional members wait one more year….. LOL

  28. OldLefty says:

    I’m glad Pumain was able to take time from his 270 day a year, 12 hours a day job, to converse with us.

  29. Lefty HR4437 included funding for the border patrol agents, by voting against this your man would be leaving the border with less protection more open for drug dealers. Guess how he voted. Got to go lots to do

  30. olympicmtn says:

    This article published in Richmond Virginia this week, read it on the plane:

    In the poll, 28 percent of the adult respondents called themselves tea-party supporters. Of those, 55 percent were men and 79 percent were white, both percentages only slightly higher than the national average. According to a USA Today/Gallup poll. It also found that the vast majority of tea-party supporters were ages 30 to 64, with 55 percent earning more than $50,000 a year, which was 5 percent higher than the average.

    Either way you look at it, it is telling. People from both parties are voting the opposite of their party affiliation. Good for democracy I say.

  31. OldLefty says:
    |50% in Federal income tax???? I thought the lid was 37%?????|

    Read what PumainTacoma said again. S/he said 50% OF the Federal taxes. i am pretty sure s/he meant 50% of the Federal income tax received, not a 50% tax rate.

  32. redneckbuck says:

    Dick Muri has been noting but helpful in our quest to save the Sprinker Recreation Center. He joined together with Democrats to get a financial package done fast. He suggest pulling existing funds rather than raising taxes to get the place rennovated. Thanks and you have my vote.

  33. OldLefty says:

    “RollOn says:
    October 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm
    OldLefty says:
    |50% in Federal income tax???? I thought the lid was 37%?????|

    Read what PumainTacoma said again. S/he said 50% OF the Federal taxes. i am pretty sure s/he meant 50% of the Federal income tax received, not a 50% tax rate.”

    Thanks for the clarification. With all the other hyperbole it was a natural misread.

    Since 1% of the population controls 37% of the wealth, I’d say that mathmatically, those fortunate enough to make said money will pay the majority of the taxes, unless the wealthy want the poor to pay their taxes for them also.

    Could you decipher the 270 day/12 hours a day work year that Pumain spoke of?

  34. OldLefty says:

    oldman4 says:
    October 9, 2010 at 11:39 am
    Lefty HR4437 included funding for the border patrol agents, by voting against this your man would be leaving the border with less protection more open for drug dealers. Guess how he voted. Got to go lots to do

    Since the Obama Administration is sending people back to Mexico in record numbers, maybe Congressman Adams felt that there were more important issues than Arizona’s hyped up border issues. Considering there were really no beheadings and the one murder isn’t attributed to illegal aliens, many of us realize that Arizona was “chickenlittled” by a Governor running for office soon.

  35. Old Lefty – got a lot of time on your hands, don’t you pal? The rest of us can’t post as much because we’re out working and trying to be productive. Not that old leftists would know much about that.

  36. OldLefty says:

    “ozark says:
    October 9, 2010 at 1:23 pm
    Old Lefty – got a lot of time on your hands, don’t you pal? The rest of us can’t post as much because we’re out working and trying to be productive. Not that old leftists would know much about that. “

    Oh, how I love this kind of post. It’s a sure sign that they have no support data with which to argue and so they resort to personal insults.

    Consider this, ozark, maybe I can get twice as much done because I’m not challenged by use of resource materials and I type quite well.

    I guess my full time job and my small business (which is actually a passion AND I get paid!!!!) isn’t enough for the Conservatives that work 270 days a year 12 hours a day.

    I’ll have to tell my boss to quit letting me work 5 days a week/8 hours a day, paying me well and providing those great benefits. You see, they pay me enough so that I don’t have to work 270 days a year and 12 hours a day.

  37. OldLefty says:

    Oh yeah….it was ozark that said Smith was ‘too liberal” for the 9th District.

    That must be why he has served 7 terms in a row.

    You might want to study up on liguistics, ozark and quit relying on the Right Wing Rheotic Machine for your talking points.

  38. OldLefty says:

    oops….typo….

    linguistics

  39. OldLefty says:

    “redneckbuck says:
    October 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm
    Dick Muri has been noting but helpful in our quest to save the Sprinker Recreation Center. He joined together with Democrats to get a financial package done fast. He suggest pulling existing funds rather than raising taxes to get the place rennovated. Thanks and you have my vote. “

    It’s really great that Muri worked hard and executed his position on the council. From County Council to a Congressional representative is a big step. He might be better served to try a state legislative position first.

  40. OldLefty says:
    |Could you decipher the 270 day/12 hours a day work year that Pumain spoke of?|

    Based on the hours per year that I am paid, 2080, that is 260 work days a year for an 8 hour day, before any holiday or vacation. Pumain was probably making the point that a lot of people are working more than 5 days a week and more than 8 hours a day and are expected to cover those that don’t. And they do this just to make ends meet for themselves. I am not trying to put words in pumain’s mouth though.

  41. OldLefty says:

    RollOn – I took 365 and subtracted 104 (52 weeks/two days off each week) and came up with 261. Now that doesn’t account for holidays – Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, Labor Day, Memorial Day, etc.

    You are correct – most businesses budget an FTE as 2080 annual hours, inclusive of paid holiday time, but of course, they don’t actually work all of those hours.

    Pumain – without putting words in anyone’s mouth – was attempting to say that “the Democrats try to demonize” those that work all these alleged hours and pay all these alleged taxes.

    I’ll submit that those in the 1% bracket probably don’t work a full day in a week and are living off inheritance money, invested for them.

    270 days a week, 12 hours a day, was nothing more than hyperbole.

  42. aislander says:

    270 days a week, 12 hours a day, was nothing more than…more lies and distortions from the usual lefty suspects–old AND new…

  43. aislander says:

    By the way, anyone who is dependent on income subject to income taxation is NOT by any means rich, 1% bracket or not. Those people are trying to BECOME rich…The best definition of “rich” that I have ever heard is: Having enough money to create an inbuilt resistance to being pushed around by sh*ts. If you’re dependent on earned income, you are nowhere near that territory…

  44. Or we can use the GOP definitions;

    lower middle class – income between $250,000 and $1,000,000 per year.

    middle class – income over $1,000,000 per year.

    small business – one that can’t donate $100,000 to a re-election committee.

  45. Oldman – ever hear the term poison pill? That is when a seeming good or benign bill contains a provision that renders the whole bill unacceptable.

    Like what happened with the recent military appropriations bill when every republican senator voted to keep the bill from coming to the floor for a vote because the bill contained language that would have allowed the pentagon to end the don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy.

  46. OldLefty says:

    “aislander says:
    October 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm
    270 days a week, 12 hours a day, was nothing more than…more lies and distortions from the usual lefty suspects–old AND new…

    Read the comment from the person who claimed it:
    PumainTacoma says:
    October 9, 2010 at 9:47 am
    When did the “self-fish” needs of the voter (as headsouth proclaims) give the Democrats a reason to demonize those that pay 50% of the federal taxes, those that save for their own darn retirement and not suck off the federal or state govt. for monies or pensions, or pay $6700 a year in property taxes for teachers to whine about working 7 hour days and 180 days a year compared to private sector workers working 270+ days a year at 12+ hour days without overtime (mind you).

    Now, THAT ain’t no lefty…….but it IS the person that said private sector workers were working 270/12s

    Maybe you need to pay attention to the thread before you call someone a liar.

  47. As a Republican, it seems Muri just is not trying too hard to win. Smith’s people are door-belling, he has ads on TV. Muri is missing in action.
    For a challenger to win, you have to get out on the stump. I now regret voting for Muri in the primary.
    Typical Air Force (telephone colonel) officer. He thinks everyone else will do the real work for him.

  48. Maybe if the republicans and the their corporate sponsors had not busted so many unions people would not have to work 12 hours-a-day/270 days-per-year for minimum wage and no benefits.

  49. OldLefty says:

    yabetchya says:
    October 10, 2010 at 8:46 am
    I see it’s has become the oldleftsumner show. The problem is, is that the personalities can’t figure out who gets the last word in…. ”

    Oh….this IS funny……LOLOLOL

    My secret is safe with you, yabetchya.

    The only think Sumner about me is that my son lives there and I once was part owner in the local newspaper there, but I lived in Auburn.

    Oh….dang it, I let the cat out of the bag. Just when you thought you had it all figured out…..

  50. OldLefty says:

    xring says:
    October 10, 2010 at 11:15 am
    Maybe if the republicans and the their corporate sponsors had not busted so many unions people would not have to work 12 hours-a-day/270 days-per-year for minimum wage and no benefits.

    xring, I couldn’t have said it better.

  51. OldLefty says:

    Oh…wait…yabetch…..I almost bought a house in Bonney Lake in 1979. Does that make me Sumner?

  52. yabetchya says:

    Words…that is.

  53. OldLefty says:

    yabetcha:

    Hmmmm……moderation isn’t working for you, huh?

    I have a question. Why would it be important to you if Sumner or I or anyone else, for that matter, would have more than one moniker on this thread?

    Isn’t that like saying 300,000 people showed up to see Glenn Beck when it was only 87,000?

    I can’t speak for Sumner, but I don’t need alter egos to agree with me and in fact, I’m much more energized by those who don’t. I will say that I agree with most of what Sumner posts, but I don’t think it’s a secret that there are many progressives in Washington State – the West side in particular.

    That is why so many Democrats are voted into office.

    Don’t make yourself crazy over this moniker thing, unless you just want to entertain me.

  54. OldLefty says:

    RollOn:

    It’s my fault.

  55. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Smith is a socialist democrat in survival mode and will say or do anything to continue his corrupt existence in Congress!! Ask Smith how he intends to vote on H.R. 4646 – a transaction tax of 1% on every financial transaction in your life!!! A Socialist Democrat money machine!! Found in the new and wonderful “OH-Bummercare” legislation!

  56. OldLefty says:

    “the3rdpigshouse says:
    October 10, 2010 at 8:42 pm
    (3rd Pig Fills in the Blank) is a socialist democrat in survival mode and will say or do anything to continue his corrupt existence in Congress!! Ask Smith how he intends to vote on H.R. 4646 – a transaction tax of 1% on every financial transaction in your life!!! A Socialist Democrat money machine!! Found in the new and wonderful “OH-Bummercare” legislation!

    You did forget to mention….again…that the passage of HR4646 would include elimination of Federal Income Tax. Why do you keep missing that?

  57. yabetchya says:

    OL….you win ! :)~

  58. OldLefty says:

    Win? Win what?

    Do I get a Sarah Palin autographed picture? Will Todd send me an email?

  59. the3rdpigshouse says:

    oldlefty – you maybe should read the info thoroughly – it doesn’t eliminate the income tax until 2017 – and who knows what the 1% will turn into by 2017?? You can’t give the socialist democrats enough of your money to redistribute to the non-productive members of our sick society! Also – how do you think the government is going to get all those dollars out of circulation that have been thrown at all their buddies over the last 18 months??!

    And if you think the 1% is actually 1% – go figure how many transactions you make in a year and see what 1% turns into and the 1% is not locked in!

  60. Roncella says:

    The lIBERAL mind is so interesting and twisted.

    Smith votes in concert with what ever Pelosi, Reid, Obama, Biden want him to, especially on the spending bills and Obamacare.

  61. Sumner401 says:

    reps lie

  62. 3Pig – Hate to tell you (snot chuckle) but the Transaction Tax was originally a REPUBLICAN idea.

    Roncella – We all know how each and every republican carefully reviews each bill before independently deciding how to vote.

  63. lgcnelson84 says:

    “Sumner401 says: reps lie”

    That’s right Sumner…. Rep. Adam Smith DOES lie. Thanks for your time.

  64. EirishGal says:

    I’m not really surprised that folks like OldLefty never really addressed the specific points of the letter, with the exception of the 21% pay raise. If I recall correctly, his comment was that, somehow, Mr. Muri had the psychic ability to see into the future and know that he would be re-elected to the County Council thus voting himself a raise.

    The point of the letter was to bring the facts to the front and show how dishonest Congressman Smith felt he had to be in putting together the ad in the first place. As a voter in his district, that says to me that he’s not proud enough of his own voting record to run on that. Had there really been any “skeletons” in Mr. Muri’s closet, Congressman Smith would not have needed to distort the facts. It tells me, for right or wrong, that Congressman Smith knows he voted for many things in the last 2 years alone that are VERY unpopular with many in his district, and he doesn’t want to bring it up.

    If you’re running for office, regardless of party, and can’t do so without having to distort facts or make things up as you go along, you are not someone I want in office.

  65. U go gurl! Thumbs up! We finally have some outside reason in this thread.

    ;-)

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