US Sen. Patty Murray took the unusual step of getting involved the 1st Congressional District Democratic intramural today by issuing a condemnation of the independent expenditure attack mailers against Suzan DelBene.

Really?[pullquote]Murray's statement reads like the Democratic establishment coming to the rescue of its chosen candidate[/pullquote]

It's grating enough when Democrats protest finance rules they object to by prescribing a holier than thou approach. Until you can actually reform finance rules, snooty protests just land you in the "L" column when you get outspent or outplayed.

What's more is this: Murray's statement reads like the Democratic establishment coming to the rescue of its chosen candidate, DelBene, Gov. Chris Gregoire's former Dept. of Revenue Director.

Just let the Democrats duke it out. Best campaigner wins and will be steeled for the general.

Having said that, here's Murray's statement.
The shadowy Super PAC attacks in the 1st Congressional District race represent an unfortunate, ugly, apparently Democrat vs. Democrat assault, and I hope they stop. As Democrats, we shouldn't allow ourselves to be pulled into a messy intra-party fight funded by anonymous interests.

I challenge all of the Democrats in the race to engage in a healthy, vigorous exchange of ideas during this primary campaign. The election should be about who will fight for the middle class and who will be the most effective in Congress to get our economy back on track. There is no place for this type of anonymous assault against other Democratic candidates.
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