Politics Now She Asks … ?
posted by January 31 at 15:23 PMon
In another sign of Gov. Christine Gregoire’s political sloppiness in handling the viaduct, she just sent out a letter to WSDOT demanding that they get some answers about Nickels’s tunnel lite option.
She wants to know what the likelihood of federal approval for building variances will be; she has questions about safety precautions; she has questions about capacity; she has timeline questions. And she begins the letter by stating sternly that no evaluations have been done and this is not fair to voters.
All good questions. So, why is it sloppy?
Because all of this wouldn’t be an issue if she had stuck by her January 17 statement that tunnel lite was off the table. Unfortunately, she flip flopped on that about a week out, saying she wanted to hear from Seattle voters.
This affair is the most uncouth and embarrassing stint of governance and “leadership” (from the city council, the mayor, and the governor) that I’ve witnessed since I began covering politics in Seattle nearly 10 years ago.