"Seeing None"

By Morning Fizz July 9, 2009


For complete coverage of the results and important stuff from last night's marathon 34th District Democrats (West Seattle, Vashon, Burien) endorsement meeting—check out Erica's live posts: here, here, here, here, and here.

Meanwhile, here's the fizz from the 34th:


Packed room at the 34th

1. Former Sonic and mayoral candidate James Donaldson wasn't considered for the endorsement because he couldn't get a "second" after a lone fan nominated him. "Seeing none," 34th District chair Tim Nuse said, "James Donaldson is not on the ballot for mayor."

Donaldson's own campaign consultant, Cindi Laws, was out in the hall chatting and Donaldson himself wasn't there.

2. Another mayoral candidate, matchmaking entrepreneur Norman Sigler, also failed to qualify for the 34th ballot after it was discovered that the one speaker on his behalf was not a member of the district.

That wasn't until after we'd been treated to the man's strange endorsement speech, though, in which the single Sigler fan explained that tickets for the $60-a-head fundraiser he'd held for Sigler "weren't exactly flying out the door," continuing incoherently, "so, we did a skit in Volunteer Park and one woman, who was African American ... said she wanted more buses to  Queen Anne .... one of our regional neighborhoods." He also said Sigler would put "science back in the schools and the churches" and concluded by urging everyone to vote in "the August 19th primary." The primary is on August 18.

3. The local Democratic organizations can seem fascistic and  pod-peopley when it comes to their squeamishness about considering candidates who don't have pristine Democratic credentials—like city council candidate Sally Bagshaw's record of supporting a few Republicans.

However, Bagshaw's defense of her camaraderie with Washington state GOP Attorney General Rob McKenna veered into insulting territory when she hailed McKenna as a colleague in the fight for transit oriented development. McKenna is famous for almost single handedly killing the region's transit system, light rail, which is the centerpiece for local transit oriented development.

Bagshaw, the former head of the civil division at the King County Prosecutor's Office, did manage to win a dual endorsement for city council position 4, though, with Dorsol Plants, a popular member of the 34th.

4. Mayoral candidate and T-Mobile executive Joe Mallahan was knocked out of consideration after the first round of voting—Mayor Greg Nickels and Sierra Club activist Mike McGinn split a dual endorsement—but Mallahan definitely won "Campaign Propaganda of the Night." The Mallahan fan hand fans—available at every table—were a popular stroke of campaign genius during the tropically muggy  five-hour meeting.

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