At midmorning, we were at Uptown Espresso in The Junction for an informal meeting that had nothing to do with politics, when suddenly we heard a group at the big central table break out in applause, as a voice loudly thanked them. Turning around, we saw Democratic candidate for governor Jay Inslee standing by the table as he began a short speech to those gathered. From what he said, as well as the campaign signs on the table, it was clear the group was getting ready to go out and doorbell. He only stayed a few minutes, but told them he thinks it’ll be a close election – “maybe 150 votes” – and answered a couple questions, one about job creation, one about disaster preparedness in the wake of Superstorm Sandy (in his view, earthquake preparedness matters most here). (Without a camera handy, we rolled iPhone video, and will check it later to see if there’s anything to add here.) Then, Inslee said, he was off to Tacoma and Olympia.
West Seattle, Washington