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The hypocrisy of Patty Murray

Below the fold is a letter I will be faxing to Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) when I get to my office on Tuesday. She voted for the Capitulation bill though tries to justify her reason why. On Saturday I received in my mailbox a fundraising letter from her stating that Bush is bad, she and the Dems will get us out of Iraq and then has the balls to state that "on behalf of our soldiers" could I give money?
Her hypocrisy just angered me beyond words.

Senator Murray,

On Saturday, I received a fundraising letter from you in my mailbox and on the envelope in bold red letters it said "Standing up to President Bush ... and fighting for you!"

You should be ashamed of yourself.

Two days before, you voted on the Capitulation Bill which essentially gives President Bush a blank check in Iraq. I understand that this bill provided needed funding for veterans, Katrina, port security and a myriad of "important" causes and you made it clear in your floor speech that you strongly disagree with the President on our nation's course of direction in Iraq.

However, this bill was essentially, if not symbolically, about Iraq. Congressional Democrats have been in a stare down with the President since November's midterm elections over this issue. You, and the other Democrats that voted for this bill, blinked first.

In your letter to me, all by itself, you wrote: And we have to stop him.

I cannot stop George W. Bush. But you as a United States Senator can make a difference. Yet, given the opportunity, you chose politics, you chose compromise, you chose fear in voting "Aye" on this bill. Perhaps the Democratic leadership decided this was not the time to fight or that the political consequences of not funding this ill-conceived mess in the Middle East could be damaging in 2008.

But please explain that to the families of Sgt. Iosiwo Uruo, Staff Sgt. David Kuehl, Staff Sgt. Kristopher Higdon and Pfc. Robert Worthington, the latest of fifteen Fort Lewis-based soldiers killed just this month.  Please explain the justification of passing this bill is worthy of more soldiers meeting the same fate? Please explain to all of us how giving in to President Bush is going to honor these brave, young men.

Earlier this week, I attended the funeral of a 90-year-old World War II veteran which included a Color Guard, complete with the playing of Taps and the presenting of the flag, "On behalf of a grateful nation," etc. While I was watching this touching moment, I could not help but think of that somewhere in this country; this same drama is being played out for a young soldier who recently gave the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq. And for what?
Several soldiers stationed at Fort Lewis, in the state you represent, have died this week. Did you attend the funerals? Did you think twice about the rhetoric you were sending in a fundraising letter and how it does not mirror the lack of leadership and courage that you and other Democrats have shown in failing to end the debacle in Iraq? Or were the political implications the primary concern?

You concluded your lengthy letter about how bad President Bush is and how the Democrats will fight for us with "And, if you can, support my efforts on behalf of our soldiers...Your gift today of $25 or even $50 would mean so much."

I use to curse the Republicans for wrapping themselves in our flag. For trying to prove they loved America more than Democrats. That they supported our troops more than Democrats, though anyone with a rationally thinking brain knew better--we knew that the lack of veteran care and the mess at Walter Reed showed their true colors. Then you have the gall to conclude your letter with a plea of "on behalf of our soldiers" the same week you stood with the Republicans and George W. Bush.

As president of a nonprofit concerned with working families, I have spent countless hours lobbying and rallying people around issues like fair trade and affordable health care. I wish these were the issues I could focus all of my attention on since everyday more American jobs are being shipped overseas and countless constituents of yours have to decide between buying food or buying medicine. The unchecked greed of oil companies, corporate CEO's and unregulated environmental abuse is costing us a chance at a secure, safe and healthy future.  But all of this takes a backseat to what is going on in Iraq.

This is why the Democrats won in November. The American people no longer trust George W. Bush and his Republican "Yes Men" to lead our country. You were given this mandate. Then this week, you failed us. And now you are asking for $25 (or even $50) of my hard-earned dollars to support you?

I hope you share my embarrassment of your complete incompetence, hypocrisy and failed leadership on this issue. I will take a few moments this Memorial Day weekend to remember those whose sacrifice has provided the freedom I enjoy. Will you? Or will you merely use them for political gain and a fundraising tool as you fill an empty seat of leadership in the United States Senate?

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just kidding.

in my NOT humble opinion, cuz we don't go throw tomatoes at them (figuratively!!) for this garbage, they just keep on ignoring us.

Here is my letter:

Yo Patty Cant Sell-Us-Out-Fast-Enough!

You two are a disgrace.

Period. eom.

rmm.

http://www.liemail.com/BambooGrassroots.html

by rmdSeaBos on Mon May 28, 2007 at 07:53:36 PM PST

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and spoke to someone in her campaign office this morning, though I have to wait until tomorrow to speak with the "political director".

Your written response to her fundraising "ask" was excellent -- both detailed and straightfoward. I, too, was appalled at the hypocrisy of statements which seem to be strongly opposed to Bush's policies and tactics, but in actuality will mean nothing because of her vote on the supplemental.

The most ridiculous part of the letter is the supposed #1 justification for it: sending an online petition to Bush telling him to start bringing troops home. Wow. I'll bet that will really scare him. I mean, here's a guy who's sole experience in combat was his childhood habit of blowing up frogs with firecrackers. Does he seem like a man who will respond to reasonable requests made in online petitions? GET REAL, PATTY! Is this what we elected a Democratic Congress for?

She states in the letter that Bush has used unilateral executive manuevers to rescind elements in over 800 pieces of legislation (his "signing statements"), but she -- or someone idiot on her campaign team -- thinks sending him a petititon is going to change anything?

I couldn't be more disgusted. If these are the kinds of silly-high-school-student-body-president tactics that Murray's campaign office is busying itself with, she will not get one thin dime from me. She WILL get a piece of my mind, however.

What an emabarrassment. I always expect b.s. like this from Cantwell, but when it comes to the courage of her anti-war stance, Murray has suddenly gotten amnesia.

by shoephone on Tue May 29, 2007 at 12:09:49 PM PST

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Finally got my letter last night.  I'm sending the contribution form back in with 2 cents, and a note saying "Not one more dime for those who vote for funding the war".  I then crossed out the "Standing Up" with "Wimping Out" and "Caving In" to President Bush's immoral war.

This probably has as much effect as contacting her office, ie. nothing, but I figure it cost them 1$ to send out the direct mail piece, and it will cost them another $1 to process the 2 cents.  At this rate, we'll have public officials clamoring for public campaign financing in short order.

by Chris Bassett on Wed May 30, 2007 at 10:11:19 AM PST

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I was also annoyed with that letter, it was incredibly bad timing.  I also sent both Patty and Maria e-mails noting my disappointment in their misguided and totally incorrect (i.e., stupid) votes. It would be interesting to know what their mail's been like lately, I can't imagine their staffers having much fun reading all the outrage coming in.

Bottom line, will this change anything?  They also have us over a barrel.  We can vote for Democrats who vote like Republicans or we can vote for Republicans who vote like . . .  Republicans.  (Cough, cough, Rick Larsen.....)  Thank goodness we do have some honest to goodness Democrats with backbones.  It gives me hope!

by jaybolt on Thu May 31, 2007 at 11:12:58 PM PST

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