Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Friday, October 22, 2010

Patty Murray Has Illegals Doing The Work That Americans Won't Do

When Maria Gianni is knocking on voters' doors, she's not bashful about telling people she is in the country illegally. She knows it's a risk to advertise to strangers that she's here illegally—but one worth taking in what she sees as a crucial election. 

The 42-year-old is one of dozens of volunteers—many of them illegal immigrants—canvassing neighborhoods in the Seattle area trying to get naturalized citizens to cast a ballot for candidates like Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, who is in a neck-to-neck race with Republican Dino Rossi. 

Pramila Jayapal, head of OneAmerica Votes, says the campaign is about empowering immigrants who may not feel like they can contribute to a campaign because they can't vote. 

"Immigrants really do matter," Jayapal said. "If we can't vote ourselves, we're gonna knock on doors, or get family members to vote."

1 comment:

Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

I'm amazed this was reported on. I'm thinking that Patty must have pissed off KOMO somehow.

This story is being spread all over the 'net like wildfire. One of the senators Obama personally pulled out the stops for to try and get her reelected now has this tied to her name. So, too, will the rest of her party as this little tidbit of our state election is no doubt being nationalized and will factor into people's voting decisions across the country.