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Political Smell Test: Dino Rossi and Boeing

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Sep. 29, 2010 at 8:12 am with 9 Comments »
September 29, 2010 9:32 am

In a TV ad, Sen. Patty Murray has seized on Dino Rossi’s answer to The News Tribune editorial board about the role of subsidies in awarding the Air Force tanker contract.

WHAT THE AD SAYS: Next to video of Rossi, the screen reads: “Should Boeing workers have a level playing field?”A voiceover says, “When Dino Rossi was asked if Boeing workers should have a level playing field, he said,” — cut to video of Rossi — “No, not as far as I’m concerned.”

THE FACTS: That wasn’t the question Rossi was asked. You can see the exchange at the 21:10 mark here, or read our original post. Essentially, he was asked if the Pentagon should take World Trade Organization rulings into account when it awards a major contract to build a refueling tanker. The rulings say that Boeing and Airbus, who are vying for the contract, have wrongfully received government subsidies. The European subsidies to Airbus appear to be more significant than the U.S. help for Boeing, as the questioner pointed out.

Rossi said no.

He retreated within hours, after being attacked. His campaign said he meant the ruling against BOEING shouldn’t be taken into account. But he thinks Airbus subsidies SHOULD be taken into account, the campaign said after being pressed on the issue.

What seems clear: Rossi misunderstood the question. What seems arguable: Rossi showed he doesn’t understand the subsidies issue, a critical issue for Washington’s largest private employer.

But it’s a stretch to say, as Murray did after Rossi’s gaffe, that “he thinks that French workers should have an unfair advantage” over workers in Everett. And her ad further misleads by twisting the complicated question Rossi was asked into a simple one.

The fact is, the reference to a level playing field comes from Rossi himself, and he wasn’t against it — he was for it. He said he will fight to create “the right playing field,” prompting the questioner to ask for a clearer answer.

Murray may believe the effect of Rossi’s original position would be to create an unlevel playing field. But that’s not the question he was asked.

BOTTOM LINE: The claim is false.

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  1. BigSwingingRichard says:

    Everything Patty Murray claims about Rossi is false. Patty must think the King County voters (where she gets most of her votes – most all other counties are voting against her) are as stupid has her. This just shows how desperate she is.

    She voted for Obamacare which removes 800 billion from medicare, taxes home sales at 3.8%, voted with Reid and Pelosi as she was told. Patty’s a dimwit. Boeing has lost 38,000 jobs in Washington under her watch, moved headquarters to Chicago, built a plant in South Carolina…..

    Vote her out. Vote Rossi in.

  2. surveyor1 says:

    I guess I will never understand why they (republicans or democrats) are allowed to air such misleading and most imes just downright false campaign ads (I said they because they both do it all the time)? Sure the ad will air and the agreived party will balk and the ad will be pulled or refuted. But by then, the damage has already been done. I swear, politicians must have to take a colleg level course in bald faced lying.

  3. Medicare, Medicaid and tax breaks for health insurance should be replaced with a vouchers based the amount based on what Canada pays per person, adjusted for age and health condition.

    I don’t think Patty had much to do with the Boeing moves. If anything, she is Boeing’s lackey.

    If one believes political ads, then one is an idiot.

  4. Shattah206 says:

    Every time I see/hear that ad, at the end why Patty says our military aircraft should be built in . . . I know she says, “America” but I laugh and think she should be honest and say, “North Carolina.” Not that I really EVER expect her to be honest. I’m just not that stupid.

  5. Distrust in U.S. Media Edges Up to Record High
    Perceptions of liberal bias still far outnumber perceptions of conservative bias
    by Lymari Morales

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the fourth straight year, the majority of Americans say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. The 57% who now say this is a record high by one percentage point.

    1997-2010 Trend: In General, How Much Trust and Confidence Do You Have in the Mass Media When It Comes to Reporting the News Fully, Accurately, and Fairly?

  6. I’m shocked yet pleasantly surprised to see the TNT telling the truth for a change. We need a change of senators desparately, and Dino is absolutely the best candidate for the job.

  7. Sagacious says:


    When a “civilian” goes before Congress they must take an oath to tell the truth and face perjury charges if they don’t. Congress has, as in so many cases, exempted itself from the rules the peons must follow.

    Why do we continue to send these same idiots back election after election?

  8. janjello says:

    Here is the deal!

    You got a senior senator at 18 years of experience in Washington advocating for the State of Washington, and you WANT to replace her with some guy who is NEW to the political scene??? Are you kidding me??

  9. Pat_riot says:


    H-E-L-L YES! Murrey is quite incompetent and border line dumb. That is besides the point that she is making a career out of politics, as it was never meant to be. She should serve 1 or two terms and get the hell out. Where are term limits when you need them.. this b$%&@ is f%&@#!# is all over!

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