Nethercutt attacks Murray

January 6, 2004

Associated Press
King 5 News

SPOKANE, Wash. - Republican Congressman George Nethercutt invoked the names of two of Washington state's most revered politicians to deliver a slap at his Democratic rival, Senator Patty Murray.

Nethercutt told a Spokane Rotary club that Scoop Jackson and Warren Magnuson would not have allowed Boeing to leave the state, inferring that Murray had.

Rep. George Nethercutt, R-Wash., left, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., right, appear at a dedication of the new Inland Northwest Natural Resources Research Center on the Gonzaga University campus in Spokane, Wash., Dec. 15, 2003.
The five-term congressman from Spokane contended that those two Democratic senators would have gotten together with the governor and the Legislature to keep the aerospace giant in Washington.

Murray's campaign manager, Carol Albert, says Murray has been an independent advocate for all constituents, including Boeing.

Boeing's announcement that it was moving its corporate headquarters to Chicago in March 2001 sent shock waves through the state that had been the aircraft giant's home for 85 years.

Albert noted the decision was all but made in 2000, when Republican Slade Gorton was a U-S Senator.


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