Washington sen. won't apologize for Ala. remark

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington)
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington)

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Three days after drawing the ire of Alabamians for what many called an insult by a U.S. Senator, the senator's office is responding.

Patty Murray (D-Washington) will not apologize for remarks she made about Alabama during a recent interview on NPR's "All Things Considered".

While talking about the contentious fight over a refueling tanker contract that could benefit Alabama or Washington with thousands of jobs, Murray was quoted as saying " I have stood on the line in Everett, Washington, where we have thousands of workers who go to work every day to build these planes. I would challenge anybody to tell me that they've stood on a line in Alabama and seen anybody build anything."

Numerous Alabama representatives have taken her up on the challenge, one even offering to pay her way to the state to see Alabama's booming manufacturing facilities.

WSFA 12 News attempted to contact Murray's office Monday, but was met with a recorded message saying the senator's voicemail was full. A follow-up Thursday ended with an email from Sen. Murray's Communications Director, Alex Glass.

"Senator Murray's comments on NPR were specifically referring to the existence of a TANKER LINE in Alabama," Glass said via email. " There is a tanker line in Washington state where workers are producing planes today. No tanker line exists in Alabama. Plain and simple."

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