Murray, happy she's not a Republican
April 14th, 2011
01:46 PM ET
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Murray, happy she's not a Republican

Washington (CNN) - To keep control of the Senate, Patty Murray, Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is targeting six currently Republican held Senate seats while defending the 23 seats held by Democrats up for reelection in 2012.

Although she's not expecting the cycle to be easy, the senior Washington senator said unrest in the Republican Party only helps her chances.

"I don't have the NRSC's (National Republican Senatorial Committee) problem. I don't have bloody primaries," Murray said Thursday at a briefing with reporters. "(They) got a tough game and I'm just happy to watch."

The new "6 in '12 campaign" that she announced will target Republican-held seats in Massachusetts, Nevada, Indiana, Maine, Arizona and Texas, states Murray said she expects to become "blue states."

She said the DSCC has already endorsed Shelley Berkley in Nevada and expects other clean primaries, adding that she does not anticipate any other Democratic retirements before the next cycle. But self-funding Democratic lawyer Byron Georgiou, who announced his run for Senate in Nevada March 7th, raised $1.1 million in the first quarter of fundraising, which includes $500,000 of his own fortune.

The three-term senator said Democrats have the Republican agenda on their side politically, pointing to the Republican budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and recent efforts by GOP members of the House to defund Planned Parenthood.

"People now understand what having a Republican House means for policy," Murray said.

As the woman in charge of fundraising for the Senate committee, Murray said she is confident in President Obama's ability to energize voters in 2012.

"We in D.C. underestimate the reservoir of support people have for this guy (Obama)," Murray said.

The NRSC responded to her event before it started, saying Democrats "appear oblivious to the reality that a number of their incumbents are running in red states next year."

"Republicans can only hope they continue to demand that every one of their candidates toe the party line," NRSC Communications Director Brian Walsh said in a statement. "Instead of listening to voters and learning from their losses at the ballot box last November, Democrats are doubling-down on their big government agenda and their extreme, left-wing rhetoric leaves their party even more vulnerable to losing control of the Senate next year."

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  1. gt

    poor patty ... she couldnt not get elected in any state in the heart land......sorry most american are not far left zealots who ride bikes and are vegans....

    April 14, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Rickster

    Patty Murray is a complete dunce and just goes to show what a bunch of raging loons live in Seattle.

    April 14, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. BeanerECMO

    Patty, we are happy as well that you are a regessive (aka liberal progressive).

    April 14, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Smart lady. The Republican agenda is on her side, especially in light of the fact that they cannot back pedal away from it. Not because it is bad policy, but because they're Republicans. They would get kicked out of they did. Ask Charlie Crist.

    April 14, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. scott from washington state

    I'm from Washington and I'm NOT happy that Patty Murray's from Washington.

    April 14, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People

    Amen, Sister!

    And can I have a hallelujah!

    April 14, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Gene Cole

    Whistlin' past the graveyard, aren't we, Senator Murray?

    April 14, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Dream on, Walsh. Your people lied like rugs to get elected, and now they are reaping the whirlwind. GOP ratings are plummeting: when the GOP is in trouble in TX, you have a problem. People are waking up to what you will do, mainly giving tax cuts for the Koch-heads on the backs of the middle class you claim to represent.

    April 14, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. one voice

    Thank You Patty for fighting against the Republicans that wanted to send the tanker contract to europe. Our economy here in Washington state is bad enough without the Crooked GOP making it worse. Thank You Boeing for building the tanker here.

    April 14, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. gandoman

    I believe that Patty Murray has some reasons to be optimistic.
    Let's break down one of the current potential republican candidates;
    Why wouldn't a political party run by GREED support Donald TRUMPAHOLIC?
    I use that NAME because he is DRUNK with his own importance.
    The Republican NAZI Party will use him, just as Hitler used wealthy people, however, when all is said & done,
    TRUMPAHOLIC wll never receive the nomination.
    Vice-President isn't even possible because the Republican NAZI Party only chooses people they can control.
    The American people do not need a wealthy male version of Sarah Palin; Big Mouth, Big Ego & No Substance!
    With no Wall Street Bankers in jail, BIG OIL screwing the country & GREED paying CEO's big bucks again,
    I would hazard a guess that even the average American isn't so stupid (It's contestable) as to want to elect the
    exact type of person who represents all of the above.
    A GREEDY, MONEY HUNGRY, PROFIT TAKING egotistical Con Artist who believes that wealth automatically
    qualifies you as an expert in; Foreign Affairs, Energy Policies, Nuclear Arms, Healthcare, Education, etc., etc., etc.,
    I do not know which is more pathetic .....
    A Republican NAZI Party without any clear cut leadership 18 months before an election ..... or .....
    A Republican NAZI Party with a group of leading candidates who are so different ..... or .....
    Republican NAZI Party front runners who up to now can only agree on '1' thing – "We are right & the Democrats are wrong."
    This isn't politics as usual, this is politics in a Nut House on a Crazy Farm in the Twilight Zone.

    April 14, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I refuse to be an indentured servant supporting the Republican party to pay the rich $$trillions, I refuse.

    April 14, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    The DSCC needs to highlight the record number of fillibusters by republicans. If they can make that message resignate with voters that the gridlock in Washington is due this obstructionists tactic, they should have no problem picking up seats next year.

    April 14, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. one voice

    If the voters are smart, 6 Republicans will lose their seats, while 23 Democrats get re-elected.

    April 14, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Ray

    The GOP is going to continue picking up seats in 2012. Senator Murray is delusional just like their fearless but pathetic leader.

    April 14, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. thom

    Um.... What Senate seat in New Mexico is held by a Republican? Jeff Bingaman is a Democrat.

    April 14, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. seebofubar

    Why are Democrat women so ugly? Must be because the ugly shows through from the inside. I can't stand stupid pepole who think they have a clue, unfortunatly the demopcratic party is filled with them.

    April 14, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. realitybites

    Brian, I"m sorry but, denial ain't just a river in Africa and you can't run away from trouble. Ain't nowhere that far. The writing is sooo on the wall. The calvary charged into the valley expecting to slaughter their enemy and found they got themselves in an ambush. Threatening the livellihood of the elderly and poor is really plain old STUPID especially when they're scared about whether they can pay for their homes, meals, or medical bills. Trying to hold up the country's budget over social issues doesn't sit well with a majority of Americans, especially those employed by the Govt or those depending on it (famiilies of dead soldiers). And those same starving people don't have a lot of sympathy for rich people eating steak dinners in their large homes. Really bad timing to push the same old CRAP. Paul Ryan is a punk who just threw a comic book on table and said that at least he had something to offer. Thanks Paul. PULL!!! Bang!! I look forward to the regular season elections when most people actually turn out to vote. If I were a RNC member, I'd be a little worried. I know Carl Rove is. And THAT is saying something about writing on the wall. Big GIANT RED LETTERS on a Large BLUE background.

    April 14, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. Koolaid

    I for one am glad she is not a Republican as well. Liberalism is a disease, and we much rather he stay where she belongs. Name one thing Obama has done to help America, CNN zombies, just name one. Jobs?? Under Bush, 4-5% unemployment, under Obama, steady at 9%!!! Gas prices, nearing $4 a gallon under Obama, that's what you call helping the middle class right? Standing by watching gas skyrocket and doing nothing about, way to show support for the middle class Obama. Iraq/Afghanistan, were still there!! Now we also know its up to Iraq to decide the fate of our troops there, way to go Obama, all about the middle class! Bombing another country without even discussing it with Congress, way to go Obama. In 2009, you said you would CUT THE DEFICIT in half, so far you have managed to TRIPLE the DEFICIT in less than THREE YEARS!!!! Keep up the great work Obama, these Liberals are proving to America what we already know, Liberalism is a disease. You have divided this country, shown on more than one occasion you don't have a clue, and now what's your answer for all the problems, tax the rich. Yup, that oughta work!! That's the solution to every Democrat, tax tax tax. No need to stop the insane RECORD spending in three years, nope, that's not the problem, the problem is the rich, who already pay the vast majority of tax money in our country, they should be paying more, so you can blow threw it like money grows on trees. CNN, you completely Liberal, completely bias, media outlet and all the zombie's on here are slowly destroying our country, thank you.

    April 14, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. Gale

    I'm happy your not also. Politicans that make remarks of that caliber, don't even deserve to be elected dog catcher.

    April 14, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Go, Patty, Go! Stay strong, stay visible – Dems need to WIN in 2012!

    April 14, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |