from Katie Scaff at the Westin (with photos from Ted Charles)
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye plays and fills the room with energy for Senator Patty Murray as she took the stage at the Democrat Election Party in Seattle.
The crowd sings along to the famous song and applauds for their senator. The room is filled from the front stage to the back doors with supporters who captured the event on their cameras, camera phones, and red Murray signs.
Marcelas Owens, a young boy whose mother lost her health care and then her job in this economy, introduced Murray.
No sooner than Murray could thank the crowd for all their support they broke out chanting: “Patty, Patty, Patty…” Murray told her supporters this election and race is for those like Marcelas and his mom, for everyone who struggled for something.
“We’re going to win big tonight. We’re going to win even bigger tomorrow,” Murray told the crowd. And she thanked them for the work it took.
“It’s a heck of a lot better to get out and get involved than to yell at your television set*
“Murray hits all my policy buttons that make me tingle,” supporter Mario Sansalone says. He said he Sansalone recently moved here from D.C. and previously lived in Oklahoma and he says it’s much more satisfying to be here in this big ballroom than at a party in a small suite in Oklahoma.
“I think that is says something about Seattle and Washington,” says Sansalone “in Oklahoma there was a social divide on issues.”
Different generations didn’t understand the issues the same way, says Sansalone. “It’s nice to run into people in their 60’s who have been here for a long time,” he says.