1. Seattle city council member Tim Burgess made news yesterday when he filed to run for mayor. But, given that Burgess' post-Thanksgiving announcement was widely expected, former King County Executive Ron Sims may have been the day's bigger news.
Public affairs consultant George Griffin posted this on his Facebook page yesterday:
Had breakfast with Ron Sims today. All I can say is, if you haven't committed to someone for Mayor of Seattle yet, you may want to wait until everyone has had a chance to think it over... :-)
2. Speaking of Burgess’ bid for mayor. While his initial endorsement list is a bit insidery, there are some noteworthy names on there.
•Washington Conservation Voters board member Ezra Basom, who, like McGinn, is an outspoken environmentalist;
•Management consultant Matt Fikse-Verkerk, who used to work for McGinn as special projects manager in the mayor's office and maxed out to his 2009 campaign;
•Former state supreme court justice Bobbe Bridge;
•Former candidates Jessie Israel, a manager at King County Parks who ran against lefty council member Nick Licata in 2009 (balanced out, by the way, with Licata's former campaign manager in that race, former Associated Students of UW lobbyist Andrew Lewis);
•David Miller, who ran for the open council seat that McGinn ally Mike O'Brien eventually won and supported McGinn's opponent Joe Mallahan, maxing out to his campaign;
•Dorsol Plants, who ran for the open council seat ultimately won by Sally Bagshaw and who actually worked on McGinn's campaign;
•Lisa MacFarlane, director of the pro-charter school education reform PAC, Democrats for Education Reform;
In a sign of just how serious (and prime time) Burgess is, we should note that his campaign manager is Emily Walters, the recent field director for Democrat Jay Inslee's successful campaign.
•Judge Terrance Carroll, former King County Superior Court Judge and notably (for a tough on crime, former cop like Burgess) the first internal investigations auditor for the Seattle Police Department;
•Consultant Kenan Block, who worked for unsuccessful mayoral candidate Mark Sidran, whom many compare to Burgess (both support cracking down on "incivility" downtown, for example), in 2001, but also contributed to McGinn in 2009;
•Plus several former City Hall bigwigs who resigned during the McGinn era, including former city librarian Deborah Jacobs; former Office of Professional Accountability director Kate Pflaumer; former Housing Office director Adrienne Quinn; and former Department of Information Technology Director Bill Schrier.
Quinn, Jacobs, and Pflaumer all contributed to Burgess' 2011 city council reelection campaign, and Quinn, Schrier, and Jacobs all contributed to former mayor Greg Nickels' unsuccessful campaign for reelection in 2009.
3. And another important name on Burgess' list: In a sign of just how serious (and prime time) he is, we should note that his campaign manager is Emily Walters, the recent field director for Democrat Jay Inslee's successful campaign for governor, which, at last count, was winning by 94,000 votes. Campaign insiders credit Inslee's win, in part, to its massive GOTV and door-knocking effort (the Inslee camp says "millions of doors") that dwarfed his Republican opponent, Rob McKenna's, field operation.
4. Speaking of reading into names, the new Democratic state senate leader, Seattle Sen. Ed Murray, named black sheep Democratic Sen. Tim Sheldon vice chair of the senate rules committee yesterday. The rules committee controls the legislative pipeline, deciding what bills make it to the floor. In short: it’s pivotal.
Was Murray trying to defuse a power play by Sheldon, enticing the dissident Democrat with a promotion and venerable spot so he’d stick with the Democratic set up rather than forcing a Republican power-sharing plan?
Murray also kept Sen. Rodney Tom, the other dissident Democrat, as chair of the higher-education committee.
Murray wouldn’t answer Fizz’s questions about his motives, saying only that Sheldon had never chaired rules before.
5. Speaking of Murray's re-shuffle, as we reported yesterday, his plan comes with a couple of other overtures to the Republicans—a bipartisan committee on education funding, a budget chair who sides with the conservatives on fiscal issues, and scaling back Democratic numbers on all committees.
However, late yesterday, the Republicans—who are announcing their committee assignments today—issued a lukewarm response, indicating they may still push a full power sharing agreement.
Republican leader Sen. Mike Hewitt (R-16, Walla Walla) said (bold ours):
I am encouraged to see that Senate Democrats are now advocating a collaborative approach for 2013; that’s a good start. Speaking as the outgoing leader, however, I know there may be additional leadership strategies that could do a better job of delivering the ongoing reforms the public is demanding. I am confident our new Senate Republican leadership team, which will be elected tomorrow, will be meeting with their Senate Democratic counterparts to discuss how to best serve the people of Washington.