Politics Speaking of Donations to Republicans
posted by June 13 at 11:52 AMon
There’s a little smear buzz about city council candidate Timothy Burgess, the former Seattle Ethics and Elections Commissioner who’s running against city council incumbent David Della. The gossip is that Burgess is a Republican because he donated to McCain in 2000 and Rob McKenna for state AG in 2004.
ECB reported and addressed this issue in her column last March:
Tim Burgess, former head of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, has made a few political donations that may not be in line with the liberal constituency he’ll need to attract as a city council candidate: $1,000 to anti-choice, pro-war, pro-abstinence education presidential candidate John McCain in 2000, and $1,350 to Republican then-AG candidate Rob McKenna (who recently endorsed McCain) in 2004. Burgess says he gave the money under “unique circumstances”—attacks on McCain by the religious right and the defeat of his first choice for AG, Democrat Mark Sidran, respectively—and adds, “I’m definitely a Democrat.” Burgess previously supported Della, but says he’s “been disappointed in his leadership,” particularly on parks, which he oversees as head of the council’s parks committee. Burgess also disparages Della’s preference for a larger new viaduct to replace the current Alaskan Way Viaduct on the waterfront.
I talked to Burgess about this earlier this year too, and he repeated that he donated to McCain in 2000 because he liked that McCain was taking on Falwell and Robertson—”agents of intolerance” (those were the days).
Burgess explains, “McCain was running against then-Gov. Bush in the South Carolina primary. Jerry Falwell and other leaders of the extreme religious right viciously smeared McCain over his faith and accused him of having a daughter outside of his marriage—his adopted daughter from Bangladesh. The attacks had obvious racist overtones. I have spoken out against the extreme religious right’s leadership for nearly 20 years and this smear so enraged me that I fired off a check to Sen. McCain.”
(Not sure if he heard McCain’s “gook” comment, but…. Sigh, that’s when I pen-knifed the McCain bumpersticker off my car.)
Meanwhile, I just took a look at some of Burgess’s other donations and mostly the guy seems like a Democrat to me: NARAL and Democratic Port Reformer Geal Tarleton are his most recent donations. He’s also kicked in to lib KC Council Member Dow Constantine, Dem House leader Helen Sommers, and all the Seattle City Council Members, including the max to lefty Nick Licata.
The only donation that tweaks my spider senses: $650 to Casey Corr. Uggggh.