Politics Licking the Mayor’s Envelope
Yesterday, I bitched about Team Nickels for sending out an anti-I-87 press release from their office.
You can’t campaign from a public office.
Under the guise of supporting City Attorney Tom Carr’s announcement—Carr is challenging the initiative in King County Superior court because he believes it violates state law by giving line item budgeting authority to the public (he’s got a good argument)—Team Nickels press release attacked the merits of the initiative itself.
That’s a no-no.
I talked to Seattle Ethics and Elections director Wayne Barnett about this today.
He said the Nickels release “pushed the envelope” and “if they continue to send out releases like this it would be a problem.”
However, he said the fact they did it just this once was okay because it occurred in the normal flow of business—ie, a response to the City Attorney’s announcement.
Would it be in the normal flow of business for the ethics commission to do its job, Wayne, and stop the Nickels administration from flouting the rules?