PASCO, WA – As gun violence ravaged the City of Seattle, 3,000 miles away in the other Washington, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) stood with the radical defund the police movement in their efforts to slash law enforcement funding.
U.S. Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley (R-WA) said: “We need leaders who will provide common sense solutions for the people of Washington State. Rather than fighting to preserve public safety and support our heroes in blue who are risking their lives each day, Patty Murray allowed bipartisan police reform negotiations to collapse because Democrats in the U.S. Senate were insisting that local police departments be defunded. Our law enforcement, our families and our state deserve a leader representing us who will work to bring people together and find solutions to move our communities forward, not put Washingtonians’ lives in jeopardy.”
On Tuesday, The Seattle Times reported that gun violence in King County had already surpassed 2020’s record total. As of September 30th, there were already 19 more shooting victims and 11 more shootings in Seattle than in all of 2020. At the Harborview Medical Center, there was a 30% increase in patients being treated for gunshot wounds than at this point in 2020.
The increased violence has a clear correlation to the parallel attacks on law enforcement. The Seattle police department has seen its ranks decimated in the wake of the 2020 defund the police movement. Efforts to defund the Seattle police have only been amplified by one of the leading candidates for Seattle City Attorney who recently tweeted that local law enforcement should “eat some COVID laced sh*t.”
Meanwhile, across the country in the other Washington, 30-year incumbent Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) has been M.I.A. in the battle to preserve public safety and support local enforcement in Washington State. Murray, a member of the Senate Democratic Leadership, was complicit in allowing bipartisan police reform negotiations collapse over the issue of defunding the police as violence ravaged her state’s largest city.
All of this leaving the people of Washington with one simple question: Where’s Patty when Washington State needs its U.S. Senator?
PAID FOR BY SMILEY FOR WASHINGTON