Update: A Patty Murray spokesperson says it wasn't booing, just "some weird sounds when she was introduced." He did not contest that she is currently behind the GOP candidates in aggregate for senior support this fall.
Incumbent Senator Patty Murray took the podium at the Greenwood Senior Center today in her trademark tennis shoes to tell a room filled with old people that she will continue fighting any efforts at privatizing or cutting back social security benefits. But despite such assurances, she still took a few derisive boos amid the applause from the crowd when the MC introduced her.
With blue hairs constituting the biggest voting bloc in off-year elections, that's not a sound you want to hear at all in far-left Seattle.
Seniors are notorious for being the most reliable group of voters. And they tend to vote GOP, even in Washington state. I couldn't find the few booers at Greenwood today (most of the couple hundred people there were Murray supporters). But Seattle Times reporter Jack Broom found elderly voters in notoriously independent Auburn who are voting against Murray in part because the economy still hasn't turned around.
Rossi gets only 28 percent. But Clint Didier and Paul Akers--two Republicans who sit to Rossi's right on the political spectrum--get 13 percent and 7 percent respectively. Assuming all those votes flood Rossi's way in the general election this November, then math says he'll be beating Murray among seniors.
It might help Murray if Rossi took a hard position in favor of privatizing Social Security. After all, when Murray declared on the topic of privatization, "We say no way, no how, and I know you're all with me on that," she got nothing but applause.
But so far, Rossi has been pretty mum on the topic. In speaking with SeattlePI.com, a Rossi spokesperson would only go so far as to say that Social Security and other entitlement programs "should be thoroughly scrutinized and evaluated."