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On the Offensive

By Morning Fizz August 11, 2009


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1. Seattle Works' mingle-with-the-candidates party at Pike Street's Sole Repair on Capitol Hill last night was packed with voters and candidates—including everyone from Norman Sigler and Goodspaceguy to Dorsol Plants and Jessie Israel; from Ross Hunter and Larry Phillips to Joe Mallahan and Mayor Nickels. Also on hand—Susan Hutchison.

PubliCola asked Mayor Greg Nickels to confirm rumors (reported in Fizz yesterday ) that he plans to roll out an anti-Joe Mallahan ad attacking the first-time candidate on his credentials. Nickels responded, "Really?" We told him he had a terrible poker face, and he said, "Nice try."

We also cornered  Hutchison and told her to read an editorial we wrote last month which explained her problem with the press: The story isn't that she's a Republican, the story is that she's saying she's not. Stop fibbing about it and the story goes away. She smiled and said, "but what if I'm not?" We told her we didn't believe her .

2. Going after Mallahan might not be a bad idea for Nickels: Rumor has it that tracking polls now show Nickels running one or two points behind the T-Mobile executive. If true, that would be the first time polls didn't show Nickels in the lead.

3. Nickels has already gone on the offensive against challenger McGinn, calling McGinn's opposition to the $4.2 billion waterfront tunnel "hypocritical" and rolling out a campaign ad that obliquely attacked the former Sierra Club leader yesterday .

Nickels is also blitzing voters with thousands of automated phone calls to "clear up the distortions and half truths about candidate Mike McGinn’s position on the Alaskan Way Viaduct," according to a statement released yesterday.

McGinn, who was also at last night's event, seemed amused by the onslaught, saying, "That's great. It means he's worried."

4. KPLU reports that the American Chemistry Council—the group that's poured more than $1 million into an Astroturf campaign to defeat the 20-cent fee on disposable grocery bags—has paid nearly $550,000 to a California firm called GC Strategic Advocacy, run by the same men who created the infamous "Harry and Louise" ads that helped defeat Bill Clinton's health care reform plan in 1993.

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5. Local law enforcement groups have hired Republican campaign consultant Bruce Boram to do an ad opposing City Council Position 6 incumbent Nick Licata and Position 4 candidate David Bloom—two old-school Seattle lefties.

Boram has worked for the Washington State Republican Party, GOP Congressman Dave Reichert (R-8), and (infamously ) against Democratic AG candidate Deborah Senn. .

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