Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Patty Murray

This story from Jim DeMint shows why I am hoping against hope that Sen. Patty Murray loses her Senate race:
In 2005, Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) offered a measure to kill funding for the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere." Before the vote, Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.), an appropriator, issued a warning on the Senate floor.

"If we start cutting funding for individual projects, your project may be next," she said. "When Members come down to the floor to vote on this amendment, they need to know if they support stripping out this project, Senator Bond [a Republican appropriator] and I are likely to be taking a long, serious look at their projects to determine whether they should be preserved during our upcoming conference negotiations."

The threat worked. Hardly anyone wanted to risk losing earmarks. The Senate voted 82-15 to protect funding for the Bridge to Nowhere.
She may have been just a "mom in tennis shoes" back in 1992 but she is clearly a Washington insider now. I'd add that I know for a fact that there are Alaska Republicans here in DC rooting for Murray to win because she is "good for Alaska." It's all about what's good for me, and not the country.

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