Politics If the Elevated Wins, Chopp Loses
posted by February 1 at 10:15 AMon
Why is House Speaker Frank Chopp (D-43, Capitol Hill, Wallingford, U-District) so sternly opposed to Mayor Nickels’s $3.4 billion-plus tunnel? Yes, it’s the price tag. But more important to Chopp: He’s out to save Democrats statewide come November 2008. His caucus members have told him point blank: We cannot go back to our districts and tell voters we caved to snooty Seattle.
That’s very big of Chopp to think of his colleagues, but you know which Democrat might get rubbed out come November 2008? Frank Chopp. The ugly, environmentally dangerous, neighborhood-destroying freeway on the waterfront is not popular in Chopp’s district.
If the elevated gets the green light in next month’s Seattle-wide vote, that’ll also be a green light for candidates to line up and challenge Chopp, who caved to the reverse-snooty, suburban and rural districts.
P.S. To an old friend who used to talk to me (isn’t Gilbert having a great year?). Anyway, “Reverse-snooty.” Isn’t that like something you’d come up with? Are your boys going to run somebody against Chopp?