Morning Fizz: Murray With Big Lead on McGinn in New Poll
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1. New mayor's race polling done over the weekend shows mayoral challenger state Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill) beating incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn 52-28 with 20 percent of voters undecided. The numbers are similar to the KING 5/Survey USA poll three weeks ago that showed Murray beating McGinn 52-30 with 18 percent undecided.
A reality check for Murray fans, though: the poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, was paid for by Washington Conservation Voters, big supporters of Murray. The environmental group has officially endorsed Murray, contributed $5,000 to the pro-Murray independent expenditure campaign, and is even doing a press conference with him later today to hype his opposition to coal trains.
Also, the poll oversampled older voters; 46-65 year olds made up 40 percent of those polled, and 65 and older made up 25 percent of those polled. Younger voters, who typically favor McGinn—19-29 year olds—made up just nine percent of the poll.
Reality check for McGinn fans, though: the poll found that 19-29-year-olds favored Murray 53 to 20 percent.
You can look at the numbers—which also show McGinn with a 49 percent disapproval rating (highest among young voters at 60 percent)—plus the crosstabs here.
The poll surveyed 570 Seattle voters, with 96 percent saying they're "very likely" to vote.
2. Yesterday, we reported that incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn rebounded from a parade of lackluster fundraising weeks, bringing in $36,000 last week compared to the less-than $10,000 he raised in the previous two weeks combined.
His opponent, challenger and state Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill), who had raised $55,000 in the previous two weeks, doesn't appear to be slowing down, though, topping McGinn again by raising $40,000 himself last week.
Notable Murray donor: Nick Hanauer, the wealthy venture capitalist who's known for both funding 2012's charter school initiative and for being a class traitor as an outspoken proponent of raising the minimum wage to $15.
"I would say this even if the mayor wasn't my dad."
3. In a YouTube video that hearkens back to Democratic New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio's iconic (some say campaign-winning) ad featuring the white candidate's multiracial son Dante de Blasio, Mayor Mike McGinn's multiracial daughter Miyo makes the case for re-electing her dad, touting his support for universal preschool and the Families and Education Levy.
(Although unlike Dante, she doesn't make an issue of biased policing, something the DOJ has flagged in Seattle, and something that also tarnished New York's outgoing incumbent Mayor Michael Bloomberg).
Miyo McGinn closes by echoing Dante de Blasio's famous closing line "and I'd say that even if he weren't my dad" with her own: "I would say this even if the mayor wasn't my dad."
4. City council president Sally Clark says that in response to several recent outbursts from "Stand for America" members Alex Zimmerman and Sam Bellomio (the latest of which got him briefly expelled from public comment, for calling council member Tim Burgess a "dick"), the council will likely change its public commenting rules to crack down on impromptu comments outside the allotted two minutes.
"We're in Seattle. People are allowed to be jackasses."
"Do your indignant thing, [but] I need you to do it without outbursts before public comments," Clark told Bellomio shortly before he compared the "criminal" Seattle City Council to Nazi Germany and Communist Russia.
After the meeting, Clark told Fizz, "We're in Seattle. People are allowed to be jackasses. You get your two minutes of time. But the way Alex in particular acts, where he's just popping out of his chair time and time again yelling ... It creates this envelope of permissibility. What Sam and Alex do is create a purposefully antagonistic script."
5. Safeway, whose unionized workers may go on strike later this week, is loudly advertising for temporary workers, with huge banner ads on the front of the store (at least the one at Rainier and Andover) as well as inside.
One Safeway clerk told Fizz, "At least they aren't interviewing them right here in front of us," i.e., on the store floor; instead, they're taking the hopeful temps up to the break room on the second floor.