inspired by the front page WSB article about tim burgess announcing his candidacy for mayor, i did a little googling and found a pretty comprehensive article about him from the stranger, july 10, 2012.
he doesn't quite do it for me.
say what you want about mcginn, but he's not a politician, and i like that. and he has a history of flipping off the downtown power elite. which is probably why so many negative comments pop up any time he is mentioned in the press. the public is largely unaware of what the mayor does, but they read articles in the times, which has a well-known anti-mcginn bent.
burgess, however, is someone who seems... malleable, and i don't like that. mainly because i'm not someone who has the money or influence to mold him. and i disagree with the notion that people downtown automatically know what's best for the entire city - which seems like people buying government they can deal with, rather than deal with the populace and its fickle will.
and there's the fact that commenters to the WSB article (linked above) allude to mcginn being at fault for making seattle look bad in face of the DOJ investigations. but tim burgess, as chair of the public safety committee, was no more productive or engaged.
and to the one-issue deep bore tunnel voters: before you talk about mcginn "impeding progress," remember who "won" that argument. my suggestion for those of you who despise mcginn for trying to make sure your property taxes didn't get jacked up when the tunnel goes over budget:
elect the tunnel boring machine for mayor.
just throwing some fertilizer out there. what are you thinking?