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Juarez May Get Murray Endorsement Just Yet

Miscommunication led to honest mistake from Juarez.

By Josh Feit October 22, 2015

Sources in mayor Ed Murray's political shop and also sources on the Debora Juarez campaign agree that "wires were crossed" and there was "a miscommunication" over a pending Murray endorsement; as I reported in Fizz, Juarez announced last night that Murray had endorsed her, but when I asked Murray about the endorsement he said he had not—and that he had not even spoken with Juarez about an endorsement.

Murray has already endorsed Juarez's opponent Reverend Sandy Brown in the North Seattle District Five race.

However, with a meeting between the two reportedly coming up, Murray may very well endorse Juarez too in the next few days, sources say, and go with a dual endorsement in the race. 

Sources close to the mayor do not fault Jaurez for jumping the gun, acknowledging that a Murray staffer incorrectly told Juarez the mayor had endorsed her. Murray sources would not say who misspoke, but we'll patiently wait for the latest staff demotion or transfer.

Meanwhile, Brown himself goofed up while hyping an endorsement, stating inaccurately on his website that he had been endorsed by the progressive group Fuse. Brown was actually endorsed by The Progressive Voters Guide, a project sponsored by Fuse that promotes progressive candidates.

Brown was included in the guide, but only because he was endorsed by other progressive groups, such as Equal Rights Washington, the Service Employees International Union, United Food and Commercial Workers Union 21, the King County Labor Council, and the AFL-CIO. Fuse, though, has not endorsed Brown.

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Nor has Fuse endorsed Juarez.

However she is also included in the Progressive Voters Guide thanks to endorsements from Equal Rights Washington, the Washington Conservation Voters, the Latino PAC, National Women's Political Caucus of Washington, The Stranger, and NARAL Pro-Choice Washington.

(Another Juarez endorser, The Seattle Times, is not noted because they are not part of the Progressive Voters Guide network.)

The only city council candidates Fuse endorsed are: Kshama Sawant, Mike O'Brien, Sally Bagshaw, and Lorena González. 


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