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Democrat DelBene Borrows Page from GOP Script.

By Josh Feit September 17, 2010

Republican Dino Rossi has made a point of criticizing U.S. Sen. Patty Murray for earmarks. (Murray is ranked 9th in earmarks—line items the legislators get into the budget by knocking out others.)

Earmarks are a bad thing according to Republicans like Rossi because they represent government spending that doesn't go through a priorities of government formula, but depend more on arm twisting prowess. (They make up about one to two percent of the federal budget.)

Now, apparently, earmarks are a bad thing according to Democrats.

Democratic congressional candidate Suzan DelBen—who's running against U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-8)—released her first TV ad today, and she bashes Reichert for scoring earmarks.

(Reichert ranks 276th in the house with about $12 million in earmarks this year. The DelBene ad says Reichert has requested "$325 million in earmarks." They're referring to his entire career. He clearly he hasn't scored that many. In the past three sessions, he's only gotten about $40 million, and he didn't get any in 2009.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpOmnckDTgw&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

While Sen. Murray adamantly defends her knack for getting earmarks in the budget, the DelBene campaign tells PubliCola:
Suzan thinks we need to get the long-term finances of our country under control and create jobs. The earmark system is one place where she thinks costs can be cut, along with discretionary defense spending, Congressional pay, waste and fraud in Medicare and Medicaid.
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