ICYMI: Tri-City Herald Editorial Board Endorses Murray over Hometown Candidate; Joins Every Other Editorial Board in WA State

News | November 1, 2022

ICYMI: Murray endorsed by major editorial boards across WA including Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, The Columbian, Everett Herald, Olympian

Tri-City Herald: “When it comes to navigating national politics and protecting Washington state interests, Murray is a champion… she has too many accomplishments to list, but keeping cleanup money coming to Hanford is of utmost importance to our region”

(Pasco, WA) — In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Patty Murray was endorsed by the Tri-City Herald this morning over Pasco’s own Tiffany Smiley. The Tri-City Herald’s endorsement means that every outlet which has reached out for an editorial board interview with both candidates has chosen to strongly endorse Murray over Smiley. The endorsement reiterates what editorial boards across Washington state have been making clear to readers: Patty Murray is a strong and effective voice for our state in Congress — and the clear choice for voters in this election. 

Key Points from The Tri-City Herald’s Endorsement of Senator Patty Murray:

  • “Murray, on the other hand, already has proven herself to be a strong and reliable force for her people who live in Washington state. And when it comes to Hanford cleanup money, she has delivered time and again. Last March, the Biden administration proposed cutting $172 million from Hanford’s current budget for the next fiscal year. But after Murray had repeated public and private conversations with the administration, the new budget proposal announced in June was actually higher than current spending levels by about $18 million, bringing the total to $2.6 billion. Local leaders called the turnaround unprecedented, and said it wouldn’t have happened without Murray. She is continuing the pressure even now to make sure that Hanford funding is secured.”
  • “Replacing Murray with Smiley would mean giving up clout in D.C. that takes years to develop.”
  • “Being the challenger, it’s easy to lob complaints and criticism. Conveying detailed plans on how to fix the nation’s struggles is more difficult — and that’s where Smiley’s campaign is light. We met with both Smiley and Murray in a joint, virtual editorial board. Throughout the hour, Smiley hit on talking points with a passion, but Murray provided the insight. Watch the video and see for yourself.”
  • “When it comes to navigating national politics and protecting Washington state interests, Murray is a champion — veterans’ benefits, bans on surprise medical bills, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, keeping childcare facilities open during the COVID shutdown, boosting clean energy programs and on and on.”
  • “[Murray] has too many accomplishments to list, but keeping cleanup money coming to Hanford is of utmost importance to our region. Again, Tri-City leaders often say they wonder where the Tri-Cities would be without Sen. Murray. Let’s not find out. The Tri-City Herald recommends Democrat Patty Murray for U.S. Senate.”

***Read the full Tri-City Herald endorsement HERE***

Editorial Boards from across Washington state agree, Patty Murray is the clear choice in this election:

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