Politics Muni League Releases Candidate Ratings
posted by July 22 at 17:27 PMon
The Seattle Municipal League just announced its candidate ratings for the 2008 primary election, and, as always, they made some interesting and surprising choices.
• State Rep. Maralyn Chase (D-32), whom we’ve lauded for pushing smart environmental legislation year after year (“The Chase Agenda”) received a rating of merely “good,” probably because she was unable to participate in the League’s interview.
• Only eight state legislators received the League’s top rating of “outstanding”: House Speaker Frank Chopp (D-43), state Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson (D-36), state Sen. Fred Jarrett (D-41), state Rep. Eric Pettigrew (D-37), state Rep. Skip Priest (R-30), state Rep. Lawrence Springer (D-45), state Rep. Pat Sullivan (D-47), and state Rep. Dave Upthegrove (D-33).
• In the two contested legislative races in Seattle, only one candidate—Reuven Carlyle, running for the open 36th District seat being vacated by Helen Sommers—received an “outstanding” rating. Carlyle’s opponents, John Burbank and Leslie Bloss, were ranked “good” (the middle ranking, above “adequate” and “not qualified”); meanwhile, both candidates in the 46th District, Scott White and Gerry Pollet, received a “good” ranking.
• Both incumbent state Supreme Court judges running for reelection, Mary Fairhurst and Charles Johnson, received “outstanding” ratings.
• The Muni League gave Libertarian Ruth Bennett, running against Pettigrew, a surprisingly high rating of “good,” despite the fact that the perennial candidate has a tendency to go off about things like her gun collection and PDA-based ridesharing programs as an alternative to light rail. Although Bennett didn’t fill out a candidate questionnaire, here’s what she had to say about her moderate opponent’s safe Democratic seat during our endorsement interview: “You could be found lying in a gay bar with your pants around your ankles, raping nuns and babies, with a heroin needle in your arm and a McCain bumper sticker on your car—and your support would only go down from 95 to 90 percent.”
The also-ran candidates’ questionnaires always have a tendency to be AWESOME, and this year was no exception.
• Republican 36th District state Rep candidate Leslie
Bloss Klein; see correction here) (ranking: “adequate”(??)), whose campaign principles include giving “the largest unrepresented, oppressed, suppressed, demonized, vilified and hated minority in my neighborhood, Republicans, someone that they can vote for,” the theme “compassion for a Republican,” and the statement, “I cannot win.” Klein adds: “Everything I do and think is for the good of the universe with harm to none,” and notes that his proudest accomplishment was “my ability to help a friend unlock her psychic abilities that had become blocked.”
• Independent Margaret Wiggins, running for state Rep in the 32nd District, wants to lower gas taxes because they only reward bus riders while “hardly help[ing] the majority of working folks to get where they need to go. Her “greatest accomplishments,” alas, “are not for public comment.”
• 46th District state House candidate John Sweeney, a Republican, who is “currently working on rethinking the theology and ‘niche’ of the mainline denominational churches.”
•KC Superior Court candidate Matthew Hale, who calls himself a “talented writer,” is running because he has “an insatiable hunger for justice and a belief that justice should flow out of the courthouse like a mighty stream for all who enter its doors.”
The Muni League is having a party to celebrate the release of its voters guide from 7:00 to 9:00 tonight, at Spitfire, 2219 Fourth Ave.