Rantz: Patty Murray forced woman to choose between job and kids

Oct 23, 2022, 1:50 PM | Updated: Oct 24, 2022, 1:57 pm


Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) speaks during a small business town hall campaign event at Hellbent Brewing Company on October 13, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. Murray is seeking a sixth term in the United States Senate. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

Senator Patty Murray claims to fight for women, but they better not have kids while working for her. One ex-staffer says the Senator forced her to choose between her job and her kids. It’s why she’s endorsing Murray’s Republican opponent Tiffany Smiley for Senate.

Pam Norick was pregnant with her first child when Murray hired her in 1993. She served as the Senator’s national security advisor under the agreement that she could work from home on Fridays. But she told Newsweek that Murray broke the agreement after the birth of her second child.

Norick’s second son was born premature and required “extra medical care,” according to Newsweek. Nevertheless, she says Murray claimed the four-day workweek wasn’t fair to Norick’s colleagues, though it’s unclear if anyone else complained. And she was given a moratorium: work five days a week or quit.

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Patty Murray’s war on women

Norick quit, according to Women on the Hill: Challenging the Culture of Congress by Clara Bingham, as outlined in Newsweek.

“Murray now maintained that Norick’s four-day work week wasn’t fair to the other employees,” Bingham reported book. “She claimed that she had always intended it to be a temporary arrangement. According to Murray, Norick had pushed her luck by having children only two years apart. No other senator, Murray insisted, would give an employee two maternity leaves in under three years.”

It’s not the first time Murray has shown her indifference to parents and kids.

Despite overwhelming data showing school lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic deeply harmed kids more than COVID ever could, Murray said she still supports keeping kids home from school. She also falsely told CNN that “millions of Americans” died from COVID when the decision to close schools was made. Millions of Americans haven’t died from COVID at all, let alone at the start of the pandemic.

Patty Murray ex-staffer is voting for Smiley

Norick is now endorsing Smiley for Senate, informed by her experiences as a national security expert and former Murray staffer.

“My experience with Patty, as chronicled in the book Women on the Hill: Challenging the Culture of Congress, was painful,” Norick told Newsweek.

Murray’s record has come under scrutiny during the campaign with independent voters, in particular, feeling the senator is too aligned with deeply unpopular Joe Biden and extremist politicians like Elizabeth Warren.

The 72-year-old senator is hyperfocused on abortion, which is neither on the ballot nor under threat in Washington. Still, she pretends it’s the only issue voters care about, dismissing voters’ concerns over crime and inflation.

Murray won’t say if she supports restrictions on abortion, including third-trimester abortion for any reason. But she will pretend there’s no crime crisis in Seattle with a poorly-devised campaign stop in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. While she was posing for campaign photos with two other politicians who continue to back pro-criminal, anti-police legislation, several crimes were being committed blocks away.

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Patty Murray has little substance

The Murray campaign has offered little substance.

The Senator earned “four Pinocchios” from the Washington Post after lying about Republican plans on social security and medicare. Her record on both programs? Unimpressive.

She lies about Smiley, claiming the veteran’s advocate thinks Biden wasn’t legitimately elected. Smiley doesn’t believe this and has been quite clear. The irony here is that Murray forwarded the debunked conspiracy that Russia installed Donald Trump in the White House.

But the “stolen election” smear allows Democrats to try to tie mainstream candidates like Smiley to conspiracy theorists. And media outlets, like The Seattle Times, will happily elevate Murray claims as its left-wing news reporters amplify the Democrat’s struggling campaign.

It’s not a winning strategy when it comes to independents. They are running towards Smiley, according to a Seattle Times poll.

The more people see and hear Smiley, the more likely they will vote for her. It’s why Murray refused a second debate with Smiley. Even the people who do know Murray — like Norick — are voting for Smiley.

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