Tea Party picketers: Sen. Murray will be out of job after November - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Tea Party picketers: Sen. Murray will be out of job after November

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Tea Party movement was out Friday telling Washington Senator Patty Murray that she will be out of a job come November. 
 
Tea Party members protested her during an appearance at the Spokane Convention Center where she was speaking about local business opportunities. 
 
"The message we're trying to send as far as Patty Murray is concerned is, 'Good bye, Patty. Because we don't need you, we don't want you. You have done nothing but damage to us since you've been elected.'" said George McGrath, one of the protesters.
 
Another protester holding a sign criticized the Senator for voting in favor of the bank bailout measures, TARP and the Obama healthcare package.  Various others held signs saying things from 'Patty pimps Obama' to 'Big Gov't=Slavery'.
 
Senator Murray told KHQ's Bill McGinty that she applauds their right to voice their opinion, but maintains that her yes vote on healthcare was the right thing to do.
 
"What I love about this country is the passion people have, the views that they hold and the ability for them to go out and tell people what to believe in - I think that's what makes our country great," said Murray.
 
About healthcare, Murray said, "Our goal from the very beginning was to reduce costs for businesses, for families and for our country. And the [Congressional Business Office] - nonpartisan - said very clearly that not only would it reduce costs over time, but it would actually help us reduce the deficit.  I think that's a great goal and I'm very proud of what we did."
 
The protest in Spokane came on the same day that a man accused of threatening Murray was released from jail in Yakima. A judge let Charles Wilson free after he posted a $20,000 unsecured bond. He also imposed a curfew, ordering Wilson to stay at his home in Selah between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m.  His next court date is April 21 in Seattle.
 
At the time of his arrest, Wilson turned over several guns, including a pistol and a two rifles. The judge said he was not allowed to have any weapons in his possession, he couldn't have any alcohol and he could not contact any politician or political group until after his trial.
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