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More on Rossi, Murray, sinners and saints

As noted below, the Murray campaign was forced to pull its video jabbing Dino Rossi for his sinners and saints comment because it was using a copyright song without permission.

It all stemmed from a comment Rossi made to the National Journal about attracting undecided voters:"In the old adage, there are saints and sinners and those who can be saved. The saints are with us, the sinners are not. And the ones that can be saved are the ones we will be talking to."

What seemed strange about that comment was not its content, but the fact that Rossi considers it an old adage. It doesn't sound like any old adage I'd ever heard, despite a Catholic upbringing and 12 years in parochial school. A search in Bartlett and Google didn't turn up anything, either.

Has anyone else ever heard that saying, or anything remotely resembling it. And no, the Billy Joel song that the Murray campaign used in the video it had to pull does not count.

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