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Thursday, June 28, 2007

I Know! Let’s Get a Black Guy to Support the Chief!

posted by on June 28 at 10:56 AM

Whoops. What if he turns us down?

In this week’s CounterIntel, I write about Mayor Nickels’s behind-the-scenes effort to shore up support for the chief, and I noted that some folks, like minority-advocacy nonprofits, who’ve been asked to write supportive letters have turned the mayor down.

Well, I just talked to Darryl Smith, the high-profile, pro-business, pro-development African American South Seattle activist who’s considered to be a city council front runner for 2009. Smith told me that he was also asked to write a letter of support for the embattled chief.

“I was asked, and I decided not to,” Smith says. “I felt like it would have been odd for me to say yay or nay on the chief. I’m not involved with the chief.”

It also would have been odd for Smith to write a letter right now because Nickels has asked for a review of the chief to supposedly get to the bottom of all the accusations. If Nickels is in earnest about the review, he shouldn’t be asking people to write pro-Kerlikowske letters before that review is complete.

Smith says he has great relationship with the commander in the SE Precinct, and he’s lobbied the city for more public-safety dollars, but he’s got nothing to say about Kerlikowske.

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Hey Josh,
How about writing a well researched and carefully worded one to two thousand word column about Kerlikowske rather than three poorly written, out-of-your-ass slog posts?

Posted by two too many | June 28, 2007 11:07 AM

Actually, it would be nice to read a long article about this.

Especially since none of the dailies can be bothered to report on real local news that matters.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 28, 2007 11:27 AM

Based on his work pattern so far, Josh Feit will continue with juicy slog posts AND a long article, or maybe two, based on deeper research along the same lines. The combination of posts and longer pieces makes it wonderfully easy to track developments, and build readers' (read: voters') understanding of events. Mr. Feit, you are a hardworking local treasure. Onward!

Posted by tomasyalba | June 28, 2007 12:19 PM

What. They did not seriously try to play the 'Look, black people like us!' card! DID THEY?

Posted by Gomez | June 28, 2007 1:22 PM

Will - are you just kidding around? The Times and PI have collectively written about 40 stories 'bout this in the last 2 months...

Posted by pressfriend | June 28, 2007 1:32 PM

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