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Murray v. Rossi on Petraeus

As expected, the Senate confirmed Gen. David Petraeus as the commander in Afghanistan.

Also as expected, Petraeus became a bone of contention in Washington state’s U.S. Senate campaign, although not from the candidates themselves.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray voted for Petraeus (as did everyone else in the Senate. “It is incredibly important that our troops on the ground have a qualified, experienced commander like Gen. Petraeus.”

Republican senatorial candidate Dino Rossi also said nice things about the general: “The U.S. Senate’s vote to confirm him today demonstrates they have the same confidence I do in Gen. Petraeus’s ability to lead a successful counterinsurgency campaign.”

Mark this day on the calendar, folks. Murray and Rossi are pretty much in agreement on a topical issue.

Rossi didn’t mention Murray, but the state Republican Party lapsed into a “voted against before voting for” refrain. They called her vote a “direct contradiction” to a vote three years ago against condemning a smear campaign against Petraeus by

That’s a reference to an ad the liberal group ran probably best known by it’s headline “General Petraeus or General Betray-us” questioning his statements on the progress of the Iraq war when Congress was voting on the surge in that country.

The state GOP claims Murray was “AWOL” when Petraeus needed support. But it careful reading of the record shows that’s not really accurate…

Dino to Patty: Tell DSCC to take down the Web site

Dino Rossi may not be a candidate for U.S. Senate, but he is reacting strongly to an anti-Rossi for Senate Web site put together by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Rossi sent Sen. Patty Murray a letter over the weekend demanding she tell the committee to take down the “scurrilous” site if she can’t produce any proof of the “shady” deals it claims.

Although the site is an independent operation of the DSCC, Rossi argues Murray could stop it: “You are the fourth ranking member of the leadership of the Democratic Caucus in the U.S. Senate. The Democratic SenatorialCampaign Committee will do whatever they think you want them to do to support your re-election.”

(This is debatable. Should Murray call the DSCC and tell them to take down the site, someone — not necessarily Rossi, but someone else running for the seat — could claim it wasn’t an independent site.  But if Murray were to denounce all such campaign tactics and the DSCC were to announce in the spirit of good clean elections it was taking down the site even though it was technically accurate, then maybe it could be finessed. But, we digress.)

Rossi’s letter came with a separate letter from an attorney who contends there was nothing amiss about his real estate deals.

So judge for yourself: Does Rossi sound like a candidate getting ready for a campaign or like a private citizen who just doesn’t like having his name used in vain? Feel free to hit the comment button and weigh in.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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