Rossi’s ‘seasoning’ is what we need

I’m bewildered that The Herald editorial board now endorses incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray over former state Sen. Dino Rossi, pointing to her “seasoning” in the seat as a reason for its support. It causes me to wonder what is really so different about readers of The Herald that caused our local paper to fall into this sort of thinking in regard to the U.S. Senate race.

With all due respect to the editorial board, poll after poll shows that voters are tuned into three things — all of them interrelated — during this election cycle: the economy, jobs and the deficit spending in D.C.

None of these have ever been Murray’s strength.

Her brand of seasoning, er, spending has positioned our country with an unconscionable $42,000 federal debt around the neck of every American today, even higher still when you consider unfunded liabilities that stretch far into the future. Paradoxically, you actually make the case for Mr. Rossi, referring to “his success in leading a difficult budget process in Olympia.” But you bail out in the end and give the nod to Murray.

As other newspapers from around the state go through the same discernment, their editorial boards make the same point. But they have the courage to finish with an endorsement of Mr. Rossi.

As a business owner, I cannot plan or even consider hiring anyone in this climate. I love my employees and want for better days for them and for me. As a job creator, I looking precisely for, as you put it, the candidate able to make “tough but practical decisions, which required both courage and a willingness to compromise.”

I hope you won’t be terribly offended if I don’t take you up on your choice but rather go with Mr. Rossi, who possesses the kind of “seasoning” we need.

Jon Julnes