Patty Murray slams opponent for questioning election results. She did the same in 2004.

Senator fears ‘voting irregularities’ could cost John Kerry the White House

Senator Patty Murray

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Josh Christenson • September 12, 2022 3:15 p.m.

Sen. Patty Murray’s (D., Wash.) campaign last week slammed her opponent for raising concerns about election integrity that are “a far cry from the truth.” But the senator expressed similar concerns after John Kerry’s failed Democratic presidential race in 2004.

A spokeswoman for Murray last week slammed GOP Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley for raising questions about the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election. But in January 2005, Murray released a statement saying she agreed with Democrats “who raised questions about voting irregularities” in the 2004 presidential election. Murray called for “election reform” as a “top priority” in response and said lawmakers should strive to protect voter confidence in the electoral process.

Smiley campaign spokeswoman Elisa Carlson told the Free Washington Beacon Murray was “a hypocrite and has no business attacking anyone to protect democracy”.

“She questioned the integrity of a presidential election 18 years ago, supports Democrats’ efforts to boost candidates who refuse elections, and opposes common sense laws like voter ID requirements. “Carlson said.

The Murray campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Democrats have challenged presidential election results after every Republican victory since 2000. In 2004, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) joined 31 House Democrats in voting against certification of the electoral votes of the Ohio, alleging “significant voter deprivation”. Kerry lost the election by 34 electoral votes and the popular vote by approximately three million votes.

Boxer said its 2005 vote against certification was “the right thing to do” and had “shed the light of truth on a faulty system that needs to be fixed now”.

Smiley’s campaign website had said “the 2020 election raises serious questions about the integrity of our elections” and “the courts have an obligation to give all evidence of voter fraud a fair hearing.” These comments have been deleted since August, Axios reported.

Smileys Told CNN in September that elections should be “hard to cheat and easy to vote”.

Murray also said she supports Democrats’ million-dollar efforts in 2022 to boost GOP candidates who refuse elections in the primaries, even after calling the candidates a threat to democracy.

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