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Murray, Rossi campaign in Pierce County

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Oct. 27, 2010 at 3:52 pm with 25 Comments »
October 27, 2010 3:52 pm

The campaign trail runs through Pierce County during the last week for Dino Rossi and Patty Murray to make their closing arguments to Washington voters.

Not only is it a vote-rich county, but their stops here draw media coverage that will be seen by voters all over Puget Sound. The same goes for King County, where they’re also spending time this week.

So television cameramen looked on this morning as Murray flipped pancakes for a union hall full of firefighters in Tacoma, a day after cameras filmed Rossi listening to the comments of veterans in Lakewood.

Both candidates said Pierce County, where Murray has won all of her Senate elections and where Rossi won his gubernatorial race in 2004 but lost the 2008 rematch, is important to the outcome of this year’s tight race.

“I believe it is one that we definitely need to win,” Rossi said.

(AP Photos/Ted S. Warren)

In his round-table talk with veterans Tuesday at Carrs Restaurant, Rossi waded into what has been seen as Murray’s territory. She has long served on the Veterans Affairs Committee and touts her work on behalf of constituent veterans and her fight to keep veterans’ clinics open.

Rossi nodded to that reputation. “She has good staff that do great work with individual veterans,” he said, and he plans to offer similar constituent service. But unlike Murray, he said, “I’m not going to bankrupt America in the process.”

Today, Murray told firefighters at the South 50th Street union hall that the economic collapse that has left the country reeling is really caused by the Bush administration’s wars and tax cuts, and Wall Street’s “gambling with your money.” Rossi would reverse new regulations on banks, she said.

Now a member of Senate Democratic leadership, Murray reminded firefighters she once was an underdog. “In 1992, I was outspent 3-1. No one thought I could win. But I had you at my back,” she said.

Murray was to be in Seattle, Auburn and Federal Way after her Tacoma stop today, then back in Seattle on Thursday. Rossi toured a business in Sumner Tuesday before heading to Lakewood. After a trip to Kitsap County today, he will be in Kent Thursday morning.

Both are also spending time in Southwest Washington, another key swing area. Murray visited Longview Tuesday and Rossi heads to Woodland and Vancouver on Thursday.

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  1. Proconsul8 says:

    Well, soon Patty will have a chance to toss flapjacks at home. Tacoma is as blue a section of Pierce County as you’ll find, and the firefighters union would tell their members to vote for her anyway. Rossi, at least , is seeing the REAL Pierce County outside of Tacoma. And his nod to Murray’s staff working with veterans is classy – not something the Murray Mean Machine would ever allow Patty to say about an opponent. So Vote for Dino early, ’cause the dead will vote often for Patty.

  2. tree_guy says:

    Somebody needs to tell Patty to put on a hairnet when she’s cooking for the public. Most people prefer their pancakes without hair.

  3. change you can bereave in.

  4. in the northend of tacoma which is as democrat as you can get virtually no murray signs

  5. newshound100 says:

    Dino will take Pierce County by a unheard of number of 55% . Pierce County is a thicket of Dino signs . Where’s Patty’s people ? Why did’nt Patty do the Puyallup ? it’s called a ground game and Dino has her beat.

  6. the3rdpigshouse says:

    The U.S. is on the verge of hitting the “Go For Complete Socialism” button if the socialist democrats maintain control of Congress!! Patty Murray is an avowed socialist democrat who will destroy our nation along with that marxist/socialist working at transforming our nation into a socialist cesspool.
    Get Murray & “OH-Bummer” out of our governemnt!!!

  7. I don’t think all union voices are happy with Patty. Especially skilled trades.
    Republicans help the economy by lowering taxes and encouraging people to better themselves.
    Patty spends cash, raises taxes and blames the president from a few years ago for a continuously declining economy and outlook.

    Patty covers for state workers, but the rest of us need to eat.

  8. UnbiasedReporter says:

    If Pierce County is so important to Murray why did we rate only one visit by…..Biden. No Clinton, No Obama, No Michelle…..just a Biden,

  9. UnbiasedReporter says:

    “So Vote for Dino early, ’cause the dead will vote often for Patty.”

    That is the “living impaired” in King County….Ron Sims made that change.

  10. lewiswells says:

    I always thought of Patty as a waitress in a truck stop serving breakfast….anything but a senator.

  11. hortonpeak says:

    Dino rules, yes!

  12. First_Lefty says:

    I wonder how many times Dino Rossi has spoken to a group of veterans before today.

    My guess is, unless they are interested in buying repossessed houses – NONE.

    2003-4: Helps keep VA’s American Lake, Vancouver and Walla Walla facilities open after they are targeted for closure.
    2005: Exposes major VA funding shortfall; Congress passes an additional $1.5 billion.

    2005: Introduces legislation to help more vets with multiple sclerosis get VA care.

    2006-7: Helps win approval for new VA clinics in Washington state.

    2007: Pushes record funding for VA.

    2007: Helps introduce legislation to create comprehensive-care system for both active troops and veterans.

    2007: Introduces legislation that would make 242,000 additional veterans eligible for care and rescind VA cutbacks announced in 2003.

    A little roundtable talk is cheap, Dino.

  13. First_Lefty says:

    “And his nod to Murray’s staff working with veterans is classy”
    “”She has good staff that do great work with individual veterans,” he said, and he plans to offer similar constituent service. But unlike Murray, he said, “I’m not going to bankrupt America in the process.”

    Translated: I’m going to provide you all the benefits that Senator Murray has and we’re going to cut taxes while doing it and not spend any money either.

    Dino’s going to pull a Bush. Increase services without increasing spending. How, you might ask? By not reporting all the spending.

  14. First_Lefty says:

    Dino Rossi: You veterans are important, unless it costs money.

  15. First_Lefty says:

    Having been at Carrs a number of times, I’m noticing lots of empty seats. Why wouldn’t one of the veterans organizations host this? Amvets is huge and just minutes from Carrs. There’s several VFW posts in Lakewood.

  16. First_Lefty says:


    Not the first time Dino has mentioned that Patty spends too much to take care of vets.

  17. the3rdpigshouse says:

    1st-Leftist, Dino supports Veterans – period – Patty uses Veterans!!! We might look at how Murray is doing on the national scene – she is a U.S. Senator IAW the ignorant Washington electorate!! She is selling her country down the socialist toilet under the leadership of the head marxist/socialist “OH-Bummer”!!!

    Wake up citizens before you don’t recognize your own country!!

  18. hortonpeak says:

    To 3rdpigshouse. Once you get the spittle off your keyboard and collect your thoughts – in whatever small bag you can collect them. Organize them, place them in some coherent passage and then respond. Meantime being a vet myself, I will go with First lefty. Cheers.

  19. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Murrays sad voting record, Time to say goodbye Patty!!!!

    1. Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
    2. Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
    3. Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
    4. Supports both federal abortion funding & judicial activism. (Aug 2010)
    5. Give kids of illegal immigrants a chance to be citizens. (Oct 2010)
    6. Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared “sanctuary cities”. (Mar 2008)
    7. Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
    8. Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
    9. Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
    10. Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)

  20. the3rdpigshouse says:

    hortonpeak – I neither believe either one of you were veterans of anything other than the left side of the political spectrum!!! Noone who served supports turning their country into a socialist cesspool!!

  21. hortonpeak says:

    As I said 3rdpigshouse. Please wipe the spittle from your keyboard. Make sure all the windows and doors are shut and locked. Get a glass of milk and a cookie because the BOGEYMAN is coming. Cheers.

  22. MadTaxpayer says:

    I think it’s gonna be another of the “pick the lessor of the 2 evils”.

    Can’t stand Patty, Don’t like much of Dino…so what do you do?

  23. dump dumb patty

  24. lewiswells says:

    I went to Murray’s office seeking some help on a VA matter…..I wasted my time. This was election time 6 years ago.

    She’s done absolutely nothing for this vet.

    I doubt Rossi would be much of an improvement. He’s just in it for the paycheck.

  25. FreeAmerica says:

    @first lefty….

    Take the blue pill dude…you’ll feel better.

    You didn’t get the memo?? … We already voted for Rossi

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