***STATEMENT***Smiley Responds To Rising Violence In Seattle

Updated: Oct 8, 2021

PASCO, WA – Veterans advocate and U.S. Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley (R-WA) issued the following statement in response to this morning’s Q13 FOX report that King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht told courthouse employees they need to telework due to public safety concerns.

Tiffany Smiley said: “At what point do our leaders say enough is enough, stand up and ensure our law enforcement have the resources they need, and take a stand for the safety of our communities. We see national leaders continuing to embrace the defund the police movement, while at the same time our communities’ safety is in a downward spiral. For our sheriff’s office to say the courthouse complex is too dangerous for staff to come to work is simply unacceptable.”

“Again, we hear crickets from Patty Murray. Where is the voice of our senior senator? Her silence is deafening while our state’s largest city struggles to make sure our courthouse and public employees are safe. This is a failure of leadership from the top, and if Senator Murray wants to be lauded for her seniority in Washington, DC then she needs to be held responsible for the failures she’s been complicit to here in Washington State,” Smiley concluded.

This morning, Q13 reported that King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht told employees they would need to telecommute effective immediately due to public safety concerns. According to reports, courthouse employees have blamed much of the public safety problems on the homeless encampment at City Hall Park, located next to the courthouse. Earlier this year, Tiffany Smiley visited homeless encampments around Seattle to bring attention to the homeless and safety crisis that is enveloping the city.

To learn more about Tiffany Smiley’s record of taking on an unresponsive Federal government and fighting for the care of our nation’s veteran heroes, download her campaign media kit.



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