Extra Fizz: The Old Mayor, the New Mayor
Mayor Mike McGinn starts the new year owing more than $20,000; Vulcan contributors step in to help make up the balance. And new hires at mayor-elect Ed Murray's office.
1. Mayor Mike McGinn ended his unsuccessful 2013 reelection campaign $21,536 in debt, according to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, including what his consultant John Wyble estimates as "between $12,000 and $15,000" for his services.
Among McGinn's late expenditures leading up to the November 5 general election: $3,750 to California-based Callfire.com for robocalls urging people to vote for McGinn; $3,750 to McKenna Hartman Consulting for fundraising; and more than $1,800 for Facebook ads.
Wyble says his "expectation is that I'll get paid," but not necessarily the full amount he's owed. (Staffers for the campaign itself declined to comment). "Sometimes you get toward the end and things get short," Wyble says.
Over the course of working for many campaigns, winning and losing, Wyble says, "my experience [getting paid in full] has been mixed." But, he says, McGinn has "a lot of really strong supporters who want him to do well..." and may give him money even though he lost.
So far, McGinn has reported $3,100 in post-election contributions. Of that, $1,700 came from employees of (or, in one case, the spouse of) employees for Vulcan, the company that McGinn demonized during his campaign for turning on him and supporting Murray after Vulcan helped propel McGinn to office in 2009.
Bobby Forch, who lost his race against two-term council incumbent Jean Godden, ended up more than $60,000 in debt, most of which—$51,000—he owed to Wyble. Wyble says he "got paid some" of that amount, "but not all of it. On that one, my math wasn't very good."
Mayor-Elect Murray has hired his former state senate legislative assistant, Scott Plusquellac, to replace veteran Olympia lobbyist Craig Engelking as the state legislative director.
2. Mayor-elect Ed Murray, meanwhile, reportedly made a few new hires in the days leading up to his January 5 inauguration, starting with Carlo Caldirola-Davis, who'll take over Candice Inagi's position as the mayor's labor liaison.
Murray has also hired his former state senate legislative assistant, Scott Plusquellac, to replace veteran Olympia lobbyist Craig Engelking as the state legislative liaison—basically, the city's head lobbyist—at the city's Office of Intergovernmental Relations.
Plusquellac, Murray spokesman Jeff Reading confirms, will work for former state senator Nick Harper, the Everett Democrat who resigned from his first term abruptly earlier this year, saying he needed to spend more time with his family. (Now, apparently, he needs to spend more time at City Hall—and back in Olympia?—instead.)
Finally, we hear that Murray plans to hire an outside consultant to replace another McGinn OIR lobbyist, Kelsey Beck. We have a call out to the mayor-elect's office for the latest on all the hiring rumors.
3. In other personnel changes, former city planning commissioner Barb Wilson, who left the city earlier this year to head up government relations at Vulcan, will reportedly be replaced by Vanessa Murdock, a senior planner for the city's Department of Planning and Development who helped develop the urban design around the Capitol Hill light rail station. (As Planning Commission director, Wilson was an advocate for pro-density policies that encouraged transit in Seattle.)
We have calls out to DPD and Murdock to confirm her new position, which involves overseeing a 16-member (volunteer) group that advises the city council and mayor on city development policies.