Morning Fizz: The Main Attraction
Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring mistakes, developers, fundraisers, totals, and polls.
1. Followup: A campaign spokesman for Kshama Sawant, the Socialist City Council candidate who's taking on incumbent City Council member Richard Conlin, tells Fizz that a seemingly hypocritical Sawant want ad asking for Sawant campaign staffers to work at $10 an hour was a mistake (Sawant is campaigning for a Seattle minimum wage of $15 an hour).
Sawant's assistant campaign manager, Bryan Watson, tells us the ad "was an error ... that we've since corrected. When the ad was being discussed in the office, a staff member mentioned we had to pay a $10 fee to post a paid job listing on craigslist. Then the volunteer intern filling out the fields on the craigslist form accidentally mistook that for the [hourly] wage."
Sawant's campaign has not yet responded to questions about how much they are actually paying their workers.
2. Greg Smith, the developer who was going to build a so-called "Portland Loo" in Pioneer Square in exchange for getting an additional 30 feet of residential space, has backed out, opting instead for building a 100-foot-tall, all-commercial, office tower.
At his packed fundraiser last night, McGinn talked about his win as Seattle's local Sierra Club leader when he helped defeat the roads and transit initiative.According to a letter to the city, Smith decided that "we cannot proceed with a mixed-used project," given that "office space is more in demand in Pioneer Square, while residential development—both in Pioneer Square and throughout the entire center city—has seen hundreds of new units under planning and construction."
3. Mayor Mike McGinn held a packed fundraiser at First Hill's old-school Sorrento Hotel yesterday where environmental all-star Bill McKibben (the main attraction before heading off to his Town Hall appearance) stumped for the mayor, telling the crowd that voting for McGinn was a must to fight global warming.
McKibben, founder of 350.org, endorsed McGinn back in late May.
McGinn himself talked about his win as Seattle's local Sierra Club leader when he helped defeat the roads and transit initiative in 2007.
Also a must for McGinn: Plenty more crowded fundraisers like last night's McKibben event. ....
4. The weekly mayoral fundraising totals are in, and challenger, state Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill), raised much more than incumbent McGinn—$28,000 to $8,000 (last week Murray outraised McGinn $17,000 to $600.)
This isn't a case of bigger donors to smaller donors (there's a $700 limit, and the average contribution to McGinn is $215 while the average to Murray is $230); McGinn had about 50 donors this week to Murray's 150.
5. Speaking of Murray's lead: Fizz hears there's more (third party) polling out in the field.
It reportedly doesn't have Murray as far ahead as last week's KING 5 poll (52-30)—KING 5 regularly underestimates McGinn, having him at just 21 in the primary even though he finished at 28.5—but it supposedly does have Murray leading by double digits.
We'll do our best to track the poll down today.
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