The Times Flounders
The lead editorial in today’s Seattle Times trashes the city council for narrowing its field of candidates for council position 9 to six minority women, charging that its choices “revealed a lack of vision and boldness.”
The Times has it exactly backward. All the council’s candidates are extremely well-qualified, with long histories of community involvement.
Nonetheless, the Times argues, the council should have rejected at least some of its female choices for a man with “credibility” and “gravitas” like conservative realtor Robert Rosencrantz or Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce president Darryl Smith, who fell out of favor because of the way he handled the siting of a Latino day-labor center in his neighborhood. (Contrast the Times’ depiction of Rosencrantz and Smith with their condescending description of finalist Venus Velazquez, who is “young, Latina, passionate.” Those Latinas! So fiery! So passionate!)
Both Smith and Rosencrantz have run for council unsuccessfully before - Smith once, Rosencrantz twice. Neither has ever made it past a primary. With so many qualified female candidates, it would be ridiculous for the council to appoint someone who has already been rejected by the voters simply to avoid the appearance of political correctness.