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Shoot Murray? ‘That’s not really what you meant,’ Rossi says after woman’s outburst

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Aug. 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
August 12, 2010 3:02 pm

Republicans want voters mad, but not this mad.

At a recent campaign event, Dino Rossi was quick to cool down a woman whose outburst veered way, way off message.

The angry business owner said Rossi opponent Sen. Patty Murray “ought to be shot, according to an account in a Seattle Times profile of Rossi. The woman suggested the same Second Amendment remedy for Sen. Maria Cantwell.

The partisan anger that Didier has tapped was heard at a business round-table lunch in Spokane.

One woman, the owner of two gyms and a temporary-employment agency, was venting about a pro-union bill supported by Murray when she blurted out: “She ought to be shot. Murray and (Sen. Maria) Cantwell ought to be shot.”

Rossi quickly pointed out a reporter in the room, and then said, “That’s not really what you meant.” The businesswoman quickly agreed: “I didn’t mean that.”

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