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November 2, 2013 at 9:03 pm #609578
Regarding the ongoing case of Capt. David Petrich (aka Farmboat) vs. the city of Seattle I decided to perform a little pre-election “test.”
I had originally written to current Mayor McSchwinn on this matter several weeks ago and NEVER reacieved ANY acknowledgement whatsoever.
The ONLY elected official that DID respond regarding this matter (with a personal email reply) was Seattle City council member Mr. Tim Burgess! He has my vote for sure!
I posed a similar question to Mayor elect hopeful Ed Murry, and just TWO hours after emailing his campaign head quarters on a Saturday, no less, I received an email reply.
The email was followed up with a voice mail. I’m impressed!
Current Mayor “McSchwinn” needs to GO… on a LONG bicycle ride – perhaps to the east coast which will allow him ample time to reflect on his lack of performance during his tenure!
I was impressed with Murray’s responsiveness, and I hope you too will vote for Mr. Murray.
WE NEED A CHANGE! I encourage you to vote for Ed Murray!
Original email transcript as follows:
Dear Mr McClintic,
Thank you so much for your support. Please have Ed’s assurance that he and his administration will actively seek public input and will make responsiveness to the public a priority.
All the best,
xxxxxxxx xxxx (campaign assistant name redacted)
Murray for Mayor
On Nov 2, 2013, at 10:58 AM, Kevin McClintic <email@example.com> wrote:
> Hello future Mayor Ed Murray,
> I like / agree with a lot of your talking points, but would you be willing to respond to my wife and I if we ever had concerns / issues in the future? Current / former Mayor McSchwinn does not respond to emails – even in an election year! Looking forward to casting our votes for you, and recommending you to others. Good luck in the upcoming mayoral race!
> Best regards,
> Kevin McClintic
> West Seattle
.November 3, 2013 at 5:18 am #799581
So… the guy that’s running against the incumbant mayor (who has nothing else to do but run his own campaign, unlike the guy who is actually mayor) got right back to you with a boilerplate answer that doesn’t address in any way the subject you inquired about…hmmm…not impressed.November 3, 2013 at 6:00 am #799582November 3, 2013 at 9:31 am #799583
…this thread reminds me of all the republicans who call the president ‘OBH, Hussein, or ‘anointed”. The derogatory nature of the OP leaves a lot to be desired. I’d rather deal in articulate facts then personal bias.November 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm #799584
How do you think Mike McGinn’s election committee would have responded in last year’s election if you had written the same email?
He would have said he would get right back to you
and then that little reality of actually being the mayor intruded…November 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm #799585
“I should have clarified that I DID NOT address the issue of Capt. Petrich in my email to Mr. Murry’s campaign office.”
Well, that makes the boilerplate reply (by a campaign staffer, apparently, not by Mr Murray himself)even less impressive.
The fact that you asked a substantive question of McGinn and not of Murray renders the “test” less than scientific, shall we say.November 3, 2013 at 6:34 pm #799586
Wonder how many staffers Murray can afford to respond to pointless emails thanks to his Comcast connection?November 3, 2013 at 10:15 pm #799587
Wait, so you wrote an obviously biased email to Murray’s campaign and they responded positively?
I’m curious what exactly you wrote to Mayor “McSchwinn.”November 4, 2013 at 3:20 am #799588
My original email to Mr. Murray’s campaign office is included IN my original post.
I still stand firm in that a CHANGE is in order. Your vote is certainly up to you. That’s why we vote!
I personally see Ed Murry as a potential POSITIVE change to Seattle leadership.
My apologies to those of you who still remain in the McGinn camp.
.November 4, 2013 at 3:34 am #799589
us lesser mortals will survive.. ;-> ;->
i don’t think Seattle can survive another “old school” deal making mayor… i know West Seattle Traffic can’t..
but we will have to see won’t we… :)
don’t get me wrong.. i like the hokey pokey…
but prefer efficient public transportation to reach actual Seattle suburbs
before spending Seattle dollars on suburbs that can well afford to take care of their own.November 4, 2013 at 4:16 am #799590
IMHO, the time it takes to get an email response from a candidate is not a good reason to vote for someone. I have written to Mayor McGinn numerous times, and I always get a response.
If Ted Cruz or Mitch McConnell or Darth Cheney (heaven forbid) had responded in a couple of hours (or their staff, most likely), would that make anyone decide to vote for them(don’t answer that, my prejudice is showing – lol)? If that’s all it takes, you’d think they’d have a full staff of people working 24-7 just sending out those emails left and right…November 4, 2013 at 5:05 am #799591
I think everyone agrees that you should vote for whomever you like. The only point of contention is the useless “test” that proves nothing and really has nothing to do with the attributes of either candidate.November 4, 2013 at 5:10 am #799592
Also noted is this exchange…
I’m curious what exactly you wrote to Mayor “McSchwinn.”
My original email to Mr. Murray’s campaign office is included IN my original post.
…clearly maplesyrup asked a question and, just as clearly, kevin ignores it and answers a question he thought he heard.
Reading comprehension…its so 20th century.
.November 4, 2013 at 5:51 am #799593
Folks… my wife and I are voting for Murray, and NOT just for the reasons previously stated. Happy voting.
@dobro – my comments to Mr. McGinn are my business, however after almost two weeks after the fact lacking a response, the man fails to get my vote because of lack of responsiveness, and many other observations during his tenure. May the best candidate win.November 4, 2013 at 3:03 pm #799594
“May the best candidate win.”
i hope that ends up to be true.. but the way this city churns mayors just because they can doesn’t bode well for any of us.November 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm #799595
Phew, for a while there I was stuck on the fence. Thankfully, Kevin stepped up, like the sword of Damocles and voila’!, I’ve made my selection.
Mr. Murray’s opinions are more likely those of his funders/managers which makes him a politician, not a leader. For some reason, I find that part of the problem, not the solution.November 4, 2013 at 7:18 pm #799596
A little background on the “Comcast” meme mentioned up thread:
If anyone cares, I am voting for Murray because, we need a different idiot. I am also reminded which idiot feels that a trade of several right turn lanes and second lanes on already crowded arterials (all over the city) for little used bicycle lanes (which are being ignored by many drivers)was a good idea.November 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm #799597
The sad truth is that both of these candidates have accepted large sums of money from special interest groups. McGinn from the unions, Murray from Vulcan and others. To characterize one as a “politician” as a result, and not a “leader, @wakeflood, I think is pretty inaccurate.
Given our current system, almost every viable candidate in this town accepts private dollars to run their campaign(s). To me, this makes them ALL politicians. It is true, some lead better than others, but McGinn is just as much beholden to special interests as Murray. All one needs to look at is the Whole Foods project in WS and how he handled it. If you think this isn’t related to who donated to him, think again. Now, maybe that is leadership to you, because maybe you agree on the substance of his argument (non Union labor bad), but still makes him a politician in every definition of the word!November 4, 2013 at 10:35 pm #799598
I don’t disagree that all electeds to any serious office need to take $ from special interests – unfortunately that’s part of our current system (part of which can be changed by a campaign funding plan on this ballot as well). But that doesn’t prevent me from attempting to discern the lesser of the two evils.
When I read things about Murray’s propensity for “compromise” as one of, if not his most publicized, indeed, touted trait, I cannot purge from my mind the fact that that notion almost always assumes that the middle ground is the “correct” place to be. When, just as often as not, it’s merely the safest or most expeditious.
As Dawkins said, “Just because two sides disagree, the truth may not necessarily lie partway between. It is possible for one side to simply be wrong.”November 4, 2013 at 10:37 pm #799599
but.. i am happier when my politician is indebted to a union… you know.. workers.. than when he is indebted to the bottom line of a corporation.November 4, 2013 at 10:37 pm #799600
And if it took Murray until a few weeks ago to meekly take a stand on coal trains/station then you’ve got to wonder exactly what kind of calculus he had to do to finally decide on that fairly straightforward issue.November 4, 2013 at 10:38 pm #799601
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