In a (frankly, rather thin) speech that sounded an awful lot like a premature victory speech at the Columbia City Theatre this afternoon, Murray touted the "progressive spirit" of Seattle and criticized Mayor Mike McGinn's record on fighting crime, saying that as mayor, he would " promote a better togetherness between our police officers and communities, to build trust and relationships throughout the year and not just when we deal with crises." 

More interesting than Murray's rather hackneyed, Jay Inslee-like "Vision" announcement, ("we are a city of tremendous innovation and promise ... we are a city of visionaries") however, was who was present—most notably, former mayoral candidate and ex-city council member Peter Steinbrueck, who said he wasn't endorsing anybody "yet" but added (outside the event, in the bright afternoon sunlight) that he "certainly would not" be endorsing the incumbent, Mike McGinn.Former mayoral candidate and ex-city council member Peter Steinbrueck, who said he wasn't endorsing anybody "yet" but added that he "certainly would not" be endorsing the incumbent, Mike McGinn.

Steinbrueck said he was on a "listening tour" to get a gander at the two remaining mayoral candidates.

(Last week, Mayor McGinn made a point of calling out Steinbrueck during a Parks Foundation-sponsored forum, noting first that "I love Peter Steinbrueck," and then, noticing Steinbrueck in the back of the room, adding unctuously, "I really do love you, Peter.")

Over the last week or so, Murray has been hitting Steinbrueck-esque pro-neighborhood soundbites, including opposition to small-lot houses, skepticism of microhousing, or "aPodments," and support from opponents of so-called "cycle tracks," or grade-separated bike lanes. Former Steinbrueck supporter, housing activist, and old-Seattle lefty John Fox has also supported Murray over McGinn. 

Also in the room at today's announcement: More than a half-dozen Seattle Police Department officers wearing uniforms bearing the Seattle Police Officers Guild logo; Seattle Fire Fighters Union president Kenny Stuart; and city council member Tim Burgess, a former mayoral contender. 

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