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Friday, October 19, 2007

This Year’s “Rate Hike Heidi”

posted by on October 19 at 13:40 PM

In the spirit of the “Rate Hike Heidi” web site and hit pieces that helped take down incumbent Heidi Wills in 2003, City Council member David Della has a new anti-Tim Burgess web site: (Awkward/confusing tag line: “Tim Burgess talks like he’s from the left, but acts like he’s from the right wing!”)

How it works: You hit a “button” that spins an image of Burgess’s head (shades of the spinning Wills “electric meter” heads from 2003) and brings up a “left wing statement” along with a “right wing action.” As the person who wrote many of the “right wing” examples Della’s consultant, Michael Grossman, used to make this web site, I obviously have concerns about Burgess’s lefty credentials. But the whole “Twister Tim” concept looks like a desperate attempt by Della to recapture the throw-the-bums-out sentiment that sent him to office in 2003. That doesn’t work when you’re one of the bums yourself. And if you’re going to trash your opponent—especially if you’re the incumbent—you damn sure better have an impressive record to back up your negative campaign. Being a seat-warmer for four years doesn’t cut it.

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I thought that anti-incumbent fever meant you want the incumbent out?

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 19, 2007 1:49 PM

Are you sure that "None of the Above" isn't on the ballot?

Posted by N in Seattle | October 19, 2007 1:54 PM
And if you’re going to trash your opponent—especially if you’re the incumbent—you damn sure better have an impressive record to back up your negative campaign.

Are you kidding? In general, politicians depend most heavily on trashing their opponent precisely when they have nothing else to run on. And they do it because it works. I don't even think I have to cite the most notable example of this in recent years.

Posted by tsm | October 19, 2007 2:07 PM

Staff at the Stranger should be holding prayer vigils to keep their boy Timmy Burgess from going out drinking

Posted by Jack | October 19, 2007 2:13 PM

Check out the "David Della case study" on the web site of the sleazy smear-consulting outfit that Della and Grossman hire to do shit like this:

The same firm also represents such profiles in courage as Paige Miller and Bob Edwards. Hrmph...

Posted by Lou | October 19, 2007 2:23 PM

Well, not to cut too fine a line - not only has Della been a seat-warmer, he's been a very dull and uninspired seat warmer. A wool blanket would have been a better incumbent. So he's playing the "race" card - newsflash - he has lost the "race."

Posted by chas Redmond | October 19, 2007 3:10 PM

why are you promoting his site?

Posted by whatever | October 19, 2007 3:14 PM

The Stranger SUCKS ASS for endorsing that NIMBY, Uptight, Christian Right Conspirator. If you could not endorse Della you should have endorsed no one.

Just getting beyond the now infamous op-ed and the 11 year bankroll he received for his anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-woman propagandizing -- let's look at this guy. He is an anti growth NIMBY guy. People like Jeannie Hale have his ear for christ sake.

It's just wrong, wrong, wrong!

Posted by UGH! | October 19, 2007 3:16 PM

Burgess has a similar website up attacking Della, though, (ironically) it's mostly a defense of his right-wing record. Bottom line - the guy's way out there... in RIGHT field.

Posted by For Fucks Sake | October 19, 2007 3:37 PM

not to get technical about it, but:

Della - Bad!
Burgess - Good!

Is Della's new web site ADA accessible? I'm pretty sure Burgess's is:

Why doesn't Della fight as much as a council member as he does as a candidate?

Posted by DownWithDella | October 19, 2007 3:40 PM

Godden's a seat warmer. Why'd she get an endorsement? Someone get promised a job?

Posted by mom | October 19, 2007 3:56 PM

A bunch of the quotes on "twistertim" are from the Stranger.

Very nice..

Posted by SeMe | October 19, 2007 4:28 PM

Much as I, too, would like to find an electable opponent for Godden, she's slow-moving, like Della, but for an entirely different reason. Godden is usually thoughtful, Della is just - well - slow.

Godden also resonates with a significant element of Seattle's population - those who have lived here all or most of their lives. It's an unpopular position to have these days, but it's still an important one and Godden seems to be trying to tie some lines between the Seattle of old and the Seattle of new. It's an imperceptible bridge but one which will do us all well.

Posted by chas Redmond | October 19, 2007 4:40 PM
14 the very least (and I mean least) the Della team is creative in their smear! This could be their ONLY redeaming quality!! What a dissapointment of a council member??!!

Posted by Drew | October 19, 2007 5:02 PM

I think we need a drink-off.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 19, 2007 5:23 PM

Anyone who looks at websites like that should have their internet access taken away from them.

Posted by Fnarf | October 19, 2007 5:36 PM

I think I'm actually going to vote for Burgess now.

Posted by Dan Savage | October 19, 2007 8:16 PM

So Dan you vote in a city in which you don't live?

Posted by Mike | October 20, 2007 4:03 AM

Wow, I was thinking the Stranger was like progressive and smart. So now you're all wrapped around a guy who made millions off helping sell a group the spews homophobic, anti-choice bullshit, but he's got more cred than Della.
So have you seen some of the stuff Burgess' firm actual produced for the CWA nutbags? You know, about the homosexual agenda taking over our schools, the dangerous notion of giving women choice is destroying the family? Why doesn't the Stranger ask Burgess to produce copies of all the materials his company developed for CWA? Share it with us so we can see.
Then maybe we can see who the real smear artist has been.

Posted by swede | October 20, 2007 8:39 AM

Fuck 'em both.

I did a write-in vote for Judy Fenton for position 7.

Posted by old timer | October 20, 2007 9:05 AM

who cares? Della is out.

Posted by loudmouthgal | October 20, 2007 10:02 AM

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