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.