The KCYD issued a dual endorsement for Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell and state Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill) on Saturday after also considering, but rejecting, former City Council member Peter Steinbrueck.
Meanwhile, with all eyes on the 36th District Democrats last night (they didn't endorse any of the candidates), the Young Democrats at the University of Washington were holding their endorsement meeting last night too.
The group of UW students endorsed Harrell and Murray after rejecting a proposal to do a triple endorsement that would have included McGinn.
The latest SurveyUSA polling showed McGinn leading with younger voters: 20 percent of 18-34-year-olds favored McGinn; 17 perecent favored Steinbrueck; 11 percent favored Murray; and 4 percent favored Harrell. Thirty-three percent were undecided.
U.W. student Genevieve Huard, Director of Communications for the Young Democrats at the University of Washington, who's also volunteering on the Murray campaign, told me the students liked McGinn's transit agenda, but felt endorsing three candidates "was weak" and knocked McGinn off because "he's the incumbent."
2. Isn't it Weird That ... former Republican Washington State AG Rob McKenna, who was against gay marriage during last year's election, voted, as executive vice president of the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America, to lift the ban on gay youth in the Boy Scouts today?
Actually, it's not weird at all: McKenna publicly opposed the ban last year during the governor's race. And it's nice positioning in Washington state if he plans to run for governor again in 2016.
It definitely wasn't a thundering progressive vote (the Boy Scouts still won't allow gay leaders), but the 61-38 vote was certainly an affront to the Republican "family values" agenda. And McKenna was out and proud about his vote—doing an interview about it on KUOW this morning, where he also said he opposes the ban on gay leaders, calling the current policy a "Don't Ask Don't Tell approach" that is "unfortunate."
By the way, McKenna's wife came out for gay marriage about a month after the election and told Republicans to "get out of people's bedrooms."