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Some Extra Fizz: Murray on Sheldon, Early Burgess Endorsers on Burgess

Gamesmanship in Olympia, observations in the nascent mayor's race.

By Josh Feit November 28, 2012

1. State Sen. Ed Murray has responded more directly to our question in Fizz this morning about why he named arch-conservative Democratic state Sen. Tim Sheldon to be the Democrats' lead on the powerful rules committee. (Sheldon will be the vice chair; the Lieutenant Governor is always the chair.)

Our theory: Murray was trying to defuse any power play by Sheldon, enticing the dissident Democrat with a promotion and prestigious spot so he’d stick with the Democratic setup rather than forcing a Republican power-sharing plan.

Confirming our theory, Murray told us this morning:

"He requested it—not an unreasonable request. Our committee on committees tried to find a balance among various interest in the caucus hoping to unite us for purposes of organizing."

2. Missed Erica on KUOW today talking about the mayor's race? No problem: She'll be on KUOW's Weekday to recap all the week's news stories Friday at 10.

Tune in to 94.9 FM.

3. Another interesting name on Burgess' supporters list: former Washington Bus leader Thomas Goldstein (we inadvertantly left Goldstein off the list in Fizz this morning.)

I don't want to make too big a deal out of Goldstein's nod (most of Seattle probaly doesn't know who Goldstein is), but as a diligent progressive who recently headed up the most influential youth-cenctric political operation in the city, Goldstein's quick nod for Burgess could be a canary in the coal mine for McGinn's dwindling chances.

McGinn famously relied on younger voters to power his '09 win.

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