Today's Loser: Mike McGinn
Mayor Mike McGinn posted his December fundraising numbers on the city's elections web site today and, compared to some of his opponents' figures, they're pretty lackluster. McGinn reported raising just under $8,000 in December, or about 10 percent of city council member-turned-mayoral candidate Tim Burgess' $75,000 December haul. The other high-profile candidate, state senator Ed Murray (D-43), raised $123,000.
Hell, McGinn raised less than rookie Charlie Staadecker, a real-estate broker unknown in Seattle political circles, who brought in more than $13,000 last month.
McGinn has $38,000 on hand. Burgess has $81,000, and Staadecker has $45,000. Peter Steinbrueck has $3,100 on hand, Kate Martin has $100, and Ed Murray has $104,000 on hand.
McGinn's expenses in December include $4,700 (of his own money) for polling by JKM Consulting, his usual polling firm.
McGinn's report also shows that he has indeed retained a new treasurer; as PubliCola reported in November, his old treasurer, Phil Lloyd, went to work for Burgess. At the time, Lloyd told us he was still the "treasurer of record" for McGinn.
Today's Other Loser: Ed Murray
Erica already noted this news in On Other Blogs Today, but the portent of it raises it to Jolt status.
The Tacoma News Tribune's Jordan Schrader reported that even though Murray says his Democratic caucus had decided to reject state senator Rodney Tom's "Majority Coalition" deal—which would supposedly force Tom's team to acknowledge the partisan makeup of their "bipartisan" caucus—Murray had to admit that some Democrats would take up Tom on his offer to chair some committees.
If and when that happens, Tom's legitimacy could rise.