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I'm curious as to ECB's opinion on a city councilmember who smacks around his wife.

IMO a recall and appointment is all but inevitable at this point.

Posted by Gomez | October 15, 2007 12:11 PM

Manning was a dv perp, he resigned.

Mark Olson is caught up in a sexual assault probe - he resigned from ST's board.

McIver should resign (from the SCC & the ST board).

Guy is abusive to women and can't hold his liquor. I have NO confidence in his ability to do anything else right.

And please - chair of the SCC Budget Committee???? WTF. The guy is not bright enough, or qualified enough, for that role.

Ooops. Was I not "pc" with that last comment?

Posted by resign already | October 15, 2007 12:36 PM

Do you feel the same way if charges aren't filed? As ECB said on KIRO this weekend (congrats on the i-phone, btw), his wife hasn't officially, plainly recanted. That said, just like so many DV cases, it would be a tough uphill battle.

Posted by Gidge | October 15, 2007 12:38 PM

And yet, if he was in the office, wouldn't that also be a reason to create news items?

Not defending him in any way, just holding up a mirror to the press and asking you to look at it and see yourselves.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 15, 2007 12:39 PM

Have you seen me?

Posted by Frying Pan | October 15, 2007 12:46 PM

On the news last week, it was either stated outright, or implied, that McIver is refusing to speak to his wife. Is this some sort of mind game or is he just plain-old pissed off? If the former, what an asshole. If the latter, what the fuck? She called 911, then hung up the phone. Adding in her pleas to let him go/apologies for getting him in trouble, how is she the one responsible?

Posted by keshmeshi | October 15, 2007 12:47 PM

Is spousal abuse wrong? Yes.

Isn't it also wrong to assume the worst, and to disregard the possibility there are unseen subtleties and degrees to this situation, and to preempt the findings of the court?

Because Seattle law dictates that someone has to go to jail on a domestic abuse call, it is easy to paint a stark picture of a blurry situation.

The guy was in jail Tuesday night, it was made public, and probably has some bigger things to deal with right now than a budget meeting.

As a former fierce political opponent of this man (who I found to be gentle on all occasions) I just want to say that anyone jumping on this early or grandstanding about it for their own political advancement is being an opportunist.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | October 15, 2007 12:53 PM

McIver is "refusing to speak to his wife"?

A No Contact order means that you cannot speak with your wife, whether you want to or not.

If he does speak to her, it's back to the pokey with him.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | October 15, 2007 1:00 PM

This all smells like Tacoma 2003 all over again. When do the suicides begin? :(

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | October 15, 2007 1:03 PM

Has anyone checked the Hurricane Cafe or Kelly's Tavern?

BTW, the Stranger Restaurant Finder is throwing HTTP 500 Internal Server Error messages all over the place at the moment...

Posted by GoodGrief | October 15, 2007 1:12 PM

@10: To sustain recall charges, you'd have to wait until after McIver is convicted of something. You'd also have to collect a ton of signatures. Inevitable? Nope.

Posted by J.R. | October 15, 2007 1:44 PM


OK, let me put it another way. The no contact order was put in place, McIver was happy about it. Therefore, the evidence suggests that he doesn't want to talk to her.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 15, 2007 1:47 PM

#12: What evidence? Sounds like pure conjecture to me.

Despite what the police report says, we don't know what happened that night or what happened prior to that incident.

Posted by la | October 15, 2007 2:16 PM

McIver doesn't talk to the media much anyway; it would be out of character for him to do it now.

Posted by la | October 15, 2007 2:16 PM

@10 - it's not just Stranger - the net is bogged down all over.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 15, 2007 2:26 PM

I don't recall any newspaper articles or press releases in which Councilmember McIver did handstands, or anything else to indicate that he was overjoyed at being released under a no contact order.

I think you're seeing what you want to see, here.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | October 15, 2007 4:00 PM

@2: Manning only resigned after being busted twice. After the first bust, the Council gave him a chance to get his act together.

Posted by kk | October 15, 2007 7:10 PM

Hey--don't be so mean. he's really a nice guy and she drinks alot. i dont think he even hit her at all. she had no bruises anywhere.

now--if you're looking for a scandal just chek out this video of one of our city council candidates spewing racism and divisiveness big time.

Posted by okayokay | October 15, 2007 8:33 PM

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