In a move that certainly looks like a prelude to a 2013 mayoral bid, City Council member Tim Burgess---whose only opponent, architect David Schraer, has raised almost no money and whose campaign is nearly $1,500 in the red---has a slick new Youtube ad produced by supergroup local-national video production firm KullyHall.

The video, for which Burgess paid KullyHall $4,550, includes endorsements from Interim Community Development director Hyeok Kim, Seattle Firefighters Union president Kenny Stuart, Seattle Building Trades Council Secretary Keith Weir, and community activist Renee Staton.

More notable than those supporters, though, are lengthy pro-Burgess testimonials by two former city of Seattle employees who were let go as a direct result of Mayor Mike McGinn's leadership: ex-domestic violence and sexual assault prevention division director Terri Kimball, and ex-Housing Office director Adrienne Quinn. Kimball's job was eliminated when McGinn's appointee to direct the human services department, Dannette Smith, reorganized the department and eliminated the DV division, and Quinn was one of the first people who left after McGinn took office.

The video also credits Burgess for focusing on one area McGinn has tried to claim as his own: Child prostitution, which both Burgess and McGinn have made a signature issue.

Kim, Stuart, Kimball, Quinn, and Staton have all donated to Burgess' reelection campaign; Kimball, Kim, and Quinn supported former mayor Greg Nickels when McGinn ran against him.

Burgess has not yet returned a call seeking comment on why he spent so much on a campaign video when he barely has a campaign opponent or even a campaign of his own, and why the two former city employees ousted by McGinn are featured so prominently in his video.

Also present in one staged photo in the video: McGinn's controversial transportation advisor David Hiller, shown standing in a group of cyclists with Burgess, bike helmet in hand.
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