Senator Murray tours small businesses in Ballard

In the final days leading up to her election battle with Dino Rossi, Senator Patty Murray made a stop in Ballard today to talk with small business owners along Market Street.

Senator Patty Murray talking with Cupcake Royale owner Jody Hall.

The stops on the walking tour included La Tienda, Bop Street Records, Secret Garden Books, Great Harvest Bread and Cupcake Royale.

Senator Murray selecting a book at Secret Garden Books for her grandson.

The theme was the same for many of the businesses. “Business has been bad for a couple of years, but things are getting better,” Fred Hart, the owner of La Tienda told the Senator.

“It’s been quite a ride.” Christy McDanold of Secret Garden Books says, “But I love what I do.”

Senatory Murray speaking with Bop Street Records owner Dave Voorhees.

The one bright spot, economically speaking, was the newly-relocated Bop Street Records, where the owner Dave Voorhees says business has been much better than at his previous location on Ballard Ave. They’ve seen ten times the foot traffic at the new location.

Senator Murray’s father was a small business owner and she believes the local shops are important for our economy. “I really believe that small businesses, just like we walked through this morning, really are the backbone of our economy,” she tells us after the tour. “Everyone is saying, ‘where are the jobs?’ it’s in small businesses like this.”

“We feel like she understands the plight of a small business,” Crystal Carlson of Great Harvest Bread tells us.

Small business owners talked with the Senator about their lives, businesses, the economy and health insurance. Senator Murray made a purchase at each stop.

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mindful1
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mindful1

She was also attacked by a hobo looking for an Urban Rest Stop

DDF
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DDF

Ugh.

rufus455
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rufus455

Patty murray has been senator long enough, Give Rossi a chance. he certainly could do no worse then her.

girl26
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girl26

ugh! Rossi is horrible! Go Murray!

Walt
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Walt

If you enjoyed Congress the last 18 years you may as well vote for Murray.

Cougar Bob
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Cougar Bob

How tall is she? From what I can tell in these photos she can’t be more than 5’3″.

Betsy
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Betsy

Umm… I’ll take your sarcastic advise when I know you know the difference between congress and the senate.

Betsy
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Betsy

Ahh.. I remember when Spokane voters got rid of the Speaker of the House (Foley) for this very reason. They elected Nethercutt who went back on his term limit promise when his second term was up (whoops!) and all Spokane got was a long series of junior congressmen. Think before you vote please.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Still better than a guy who spent the night before his announcement shilling for a “how to buy foreclosed properties and get rich” scheme.
Dino is absolutely worthless and would be a complete disaster for all of our businesses small and large.

Ernie
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Ernie

No doubt Bob, If I was looking to score my 4th term in the Senate I would employ my own photographer to snap me from the correct POV when I was stumping around town, rather than letting the bloggers use their own iPhone photos!

JM98107
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JM98107

How about Mr. Rossi coming out of the woodwork? It’s not like he keeps a very high profile. All that money pouring into his campaign. I resent Mr. Rupert Murdoch and Mr. Carl Rove manipulating our election in this state and nationwide. The Republicans do not help the middle class.

msballard30
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msballard30

Except for maybe one person who I don’t recognize in one of the photos above, everyone with her is a local Ballardite.

JM98107
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JM98107

What is this “suckled” business? Are you one of those Glenn Beck clones? Show us where she is skimming money and building a mansion like some GOP investment advisor.

Guest
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Guest

Did she get to meet Mr. President, Ballard’s official village idiot?

kim
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kim

no one has helped the middle class

Walt
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Walt

Uh, Congress comprises both the House and the Senate.

Seattlemomsdealfinder
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Seattlemomsdealfinder

Very objective! Thanks!

Guest
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Guest

Give her some slack. 5th grade social studies class was a long time ago.

Scott
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Scott

Why isn’t she running on her and her pals success? Her and her buddies have spent us into massive debt. They’re attempting to turn America into some form of European socialism. And no, her and her expensive pals can’t tax us into prosperity. This “mom in tennis shoes” has had her chances. Ballard is “progressive”, right? What in the bleep does she know about running anything but her mouth? Same with her boss in DC. They know NOTHING about business, except taking what they’ve got. But around here tolerance/diversity are mere words when it comes to voting. Ballard is basically Berkley North. Got inclusion? And she wants yet another huge tax on these businesses she went into also. Can we really bring up wage earners by taking down wage payers Patty?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Dude

Take some reading comprehension. I said suckled at the public teat. That was nothing to do with actual private business. This women has lived off the efforts and money of others her entire life. Her greatest, and only achievement is spending other peoples money. Government adds nothing to the economy, it only sucks life out. Economic growth only happens in the private sector where value gets added to products and services.

kurisu
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kurisu

Seriously, Dino has made money flipping foreclosed homes in Ballard, while Patty is listening to small business owners and passing legislation that is helping them get loans in this tough time. Patty’s got my vote!

kurisu
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kurisu

I guess you can do without electricity, cops, roads etc. Why don’t you move to Somalia so you can be free of the horrible government?

kurisu
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kurisu

Hmm… let’s see, the Dems have been in the majority in the Senate for less than 2 years. You can thank the Republicans for spending us into debt. There was a surplus at the end of the 90s, remember that Clinton guy?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Wow. There is so much startlingly misinformed ignorance in there I don’t even know where to start.
1. If we can only elect people who’ve worked in big business to represent us, we will only have the interests of big business at the table. I’d prefer to have more moms, musicians, theorists, scientists, teachers, etc. representing us.
2. You don’t have to make money or widgets to be of value. Police, teachers, and firemen all suckle at the public teet their entire careers too.
3. Government adds quite a bit to the economy. Without the regulation of the government we’d all be getting poisoned by snake oil while our kids work in the mines and the banksters take our money.
4. Libertarianism is best left for science fiction because that’s the only place it actually works.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

She’s short? And she’s a woman? OMG! How can we possibly vote for her!