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Where is Murray from, anyway?

Published 5:46am Sunday, October 28, 2012

Let’s see your birth certificate.

In the Albert Lea Tribune dated Oct. 28, 2010, the Tribune endorsed Rich Murray. In the endorsement, it claimed that Murray was born and raised in Albert Lea. The Freeborn County Republicans had an advertisement on Oct. 31, 2010, claiming the same.

At the town hall meeting for Randy Demmer, Al Arends introduced all the Republican candidates and said that Rich Murray was born and raised on a farm in Dodge County.

Your campaign literature said the same thing. Some people will say anything to get elected!

What other statements have you said that I find hard to believe?

1. You will be bipartisan. I don’t count 97 percent voting with your caucus bipartisan.

2. When Republicans shut down the government. Rich Murray stated that they saved the state money. Try telling that to the state parks and their employees, and the stores and restaurants where tourists would have spent their cash.

3. Within nine months, you balanced the state budget from $6 million in the red to a surplus?

4. Rich Murray said he knocked on 1,000 doors in a week. Do the math. A thousand doors divided by seven days divided by 10 hours divided by 60 minutes in an hour.

That equals trouble if you check your facts.

Shannon Savick is the candidate will represent District 27A without “politics.” Join me in voting for Savick on Nov. 6.


Miles Pechacek

Albert Lea

  1. Erik Larsen

    For the record. Rich Murray was born on a farm in Dodge Co (probably a hospital near by). It is a bit nit picky and a weak attack to fault Murray for an innocent mistake by others.

    On your other points:
    1. What a surprise, a Republican agrees with other Republicans. Check out the voting records of Democrats and lets see how many were isle crossovers. Any of them vote lower than 90% with the other Dems?
    2. We did save money on the “shut down” (which had a lot more to do with Dayton than the Republicans in the House and Senate, they offered lights on bills while negotiating). We lost about $60 million in revenue and saved about $65 million in expenses. That’s about a 9% profit in 3 weeks. Lets try 6 months next time. Personally, I care a lot more for the tax payer than the wages lost by government workers. Tourist still spent their money, just in different places. We are the 4th most taxed state in the nation (US census numbers). We have a spending problem not a revenue problem.
    3. Actually the short fall was $6 billion not $6 million (you were only off by a factor of 1000). We are now estimated at about $1 billion surplus. $6 billion on $35 billion budget is a big short fall. However, more than all the short fall was due to built in spending increase by the last Democratic House and Senate. All the cutting was a reduction in the growth not an actual cut in government spending. And yes they balanced the budget in 9 months.
    4. 1000 doors knocked in a week. I have experience with this and it is doable. Robin Brown claimed higher numbers than this. Lets do the math. 1000 doors in 7 days equals 143 doors a day. In a 10 hour day that comes to 14 doors an hour, or about a door every 4 minutes. Most doors knocked are unanswered, so less than a minute at those doors. That leaves several minutes to talk to those that answer. 1000 doors in a week, that is work (trust me I know), but also very doable.