Morning Fizz

Contrast It with His Predecessor

By Morning Fizz November 2, 2012


Caffeinated News & Gossip

1. The new jobs numbers are in, and it's good news for President Obama—the economy added 171,000 jobs.

The economy has added jobs for 25 straight months. There are now 580,000 more than when Obama took office.

Unemployment ticked up from 7.8 to 7.9—probably a result of the fact that more people are finally looking for work again. A sign of hope.

2. Otherwise, things are eerily quiet out there. Even the last-minute donations have slowed down.

Yesterday's biggest late contributions: the pro-gay marriage cause got nearly $20,000 from the D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign for advertising.

And the Leadership Council—a political committte for the Republican caucus in Olympia—got a $5,000 donation from a Bellevue real estate company, Realty Motion.

3. Here's what to expect on, and after, election night, according to the office of Secretary of State Sam Reed: About 60 percent of ballots should be ready to count on election night, up from 55 percent in previous years, and 90 percent should be ready for counting by the end of the week.

That means that the results of some close elections might not be known until November 9 "or later in the month," according to Reed's office. 

4. And here's some election 2013 news.

But McGinn's fundraising records continue to tell a different story.

Mayor Mike McGinn is certainly talking as if he plans to run for reelection—nearly every day, McGinn sends out a "budget update" that's really a thinly disguised attack on the council for thwarting his budget goals. The budget chair is council member Tim Burgess, one of McGinn's likely opponents in 2013.

Sample lines from a single recent "important update" from McGinn: "The City Council is considering a delay..."; "The City Council is currently debating the future of this program"; "it appears that the added hours at Northgate and Ballard Community Centers are being targeted by the City Council for possible elimination..." 

But McGinn's fundraising records continue to tell a different story. Nine months from the 2013 August primary election, the mayor's campaign has just over $22,000 on hand. That might sound like a lot, but contrast it with McGinn's predecessor, Greg Nickels, who had $172,000 and $137,000 on hand, respectively, at the same point in his last two reelection campaigns.

Perhaps McGinn plans to run again as the underdog—in 2009, after Nickels was knocked out in the primary, McGinn raised a total of $289,000 to opponent Joe Mallahan's $808,000. But that's a tougher position for a sitting mayor. And even getting out the base requires spending a little money. 

Update: We goofed. Burgess only has about $300 in his reelection account, but he has another $75,000 in his surplus account. This post has been updated to reflect that fact. 

Burgess, who isn't up for reelection until 2015, has about $75,000 in his surplus account. Like all potential mayoral challengers, he can't start raising money for a mayoral run without declaring he's running for mayor. If he wants to use any of his current campaign contributions to run for another office, he has to get permission from each individual donor to transfer the funds to the new campaign. 

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