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Friday, November 7, 2008

Darcy Burner Concedes

posted by on November 7 at 20:29 PM

Her statement, in response to this:

It is likely at this point that Congressman Reichert has won re-election, and while we will certainly ensure that every valid vote is counted, we accept the decision of the voters.

I would like to thank the thousands of people who put so much time and effort into the campaign, as well as the countless thousands more who went beyond voting to actively participate in our democratic process this year. The election of Barack Obama as our new President will ensure that the change to the direction of our country called for in this campaign is realized in the new year.

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Lame. I am not proud to be from Sammamish at this point. For the record, my parents who still live out on the Sammamish Plateau, voted for Darcy and went to her election night party in Bellevue. I hope she runs again in two years.

Posted by Lobot | November 7, 2008 8:35 PM

Never heard of someone getting a third chance.

Posted by Some Dude | November 7, 2008 8:45 PM

I've been out of touch with the news today- what were the latest tallies? Was the margin not narrow enough for a recount? What a big bummer. So close!
I think Darcy should have hit back hard after the Econ-degree thing. After all, Reichert for years was touting that he had a bachelor's degree while really having a 2-year. That's quite a fraud in my book.
Third time will be a charm, Darcy!

Posted by Madashell | November 7, 2008 8:46 PM

Never heard of someone getting a third chance.

Posted by Some Dude | November 7, 2008 8:46 PM


Posted by Some Dude | November 7, 2008 8:47 PM

Oh, Dave. Call me. Let's celebrate. Shhhh. Don't talk.

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 7, 2008 9:03 PM

Aw. It looked so good for a minute there.

Posted by josh | November 7, 2008 9:06 PM

Don't fret. This term is his last.
Sorry it wasn't sooner. He'll never fit into an Obama realm. He'll try but fail.
He is part of the Dahmer era. Fascinating but gone.

Posted by Mark in Colorado | November 7, 2008 9:13 PM

Obama needs to bring Darcy to DC to head the IRS inheritance tax enforcement division. She can focus on a certain Mercer Island family.

Posted by brian | November 7, 2008 9:15 PM

The Seattle Times hit piece on Darcy was unforgivable. I long ago canceled my daily subscription. Tomorrow I'm canceling my Sunday subscription. Fuck 'em.

Posted by I Got Nuthin' | November 7, 2008 9:24 PM

Labot @1,

Uhhh... no. She tried twice, and failed. Both times during a blue wave. Both times against one of the dimmest bulbs in the Republican party. This time with the assistance of Obama's coat tails. Reichert is a douchenozzle, and should have been easy to knock off. If she can't win under those conditions, she never will.

Sorry. I supported her, I liked her, and hoped she'd win. But she didn't, and she won't. Time to find a different candidate to try next time.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | November 7, 2008 9:25 PM

I told ya so. There was no reason for her to win, last time or this.
Next time, can we get someone with at least SOME experience or maybe something at all to offer the voters, and not just the activists, like more than XML on her tshirt?!

Posted by calvin | November 7, 2008 9:44 PM

Should people running for office be *allowed* to concede before the election officials deem everything counted right and stuff?

Posted by idaho | November 7, 2008 9:47 PM

She did the right thing by conceding. Now she can return to being a loving wife and mother to her family.

Posted by raindrop | November 7, 2008 9:58 PM

Posts about Darcy Burner always confuse my tiny walnut brain when I first glance over the headlines.

Posted by Darcy | November 7, 2008 10:15 PM

@14: WTF? Most condescending thing I've ever heard.

Posted by jrrrl | November 7, 2008 10:56 PM

What every gay person in Seattle should consider doing now is taking their sweet asses to LA and hit the streets against prop 8. Get that gold plated Morman monolith surrounded.

I'm not gay but I support equality and privacy in all its glory, and think us straights need to help by talking to our friends and family about it.

So get to it you stupid queers!

Posted by westsyde | November 7, 2008 10:59 PM

Personally, I was surprised that Darcy had such a rough go of it. She should have been a lock. Must've been a weak campaign.

Posted by slag | November 8, 2008 12:10 AM

No third time is a charm here. The D's (and I'm one of them) need to reassess and go get someone that can win (or come close) the Pierce County voters. Without that, you'll never get enough votes to add to the votes coming from King County's portion of the 8th. In both counties the results have been the same- a significant gap for the Republican in Pierce County, and close to a tie in King County. She had not only help and support monetarily and otherwise within her district, but honestly had significant support from a broad base of Dems helping out that were from outside the 8th.

IMO the Harvard thing killed her. Besides coming off as flippant publicly (although she's not in person, one on one) the whole Harvard thing was brought up to turn off Pierce Co. voters in particular. Didn't matter WHAT degree she had from Hahvard, the fact that she did and was a Microsofie (and the perception the campaign was funded in part by funds that ultimately came from there, even if some funds came from her) doomed her with many blue collared moderates from the 8th. She compounded it by actually running an ad highlighting her Harvard background. It was a political coup for Reichert's campaign to pick up on that scent and run with it.

Posted by Dave Coffman | November 8, 2008 3:32 AM

she failed again to beat the old, limping, white haired guy? In a basic Dem. landslide?? Huh??

again and again and again, sounds like a good strategy to elect a democrat.

she was a bad pick the first time, not a bit better the second.

the guy from the Stranger ran her campaign, Sandeep. I hope he made the 100,000. he earned.

this nice lady has NO political credentials, NO strong community activist credentisal, NO major admin. credentials, NO fame in poetry, sit-com or journalism, NO degree in econ ... she foolishly lied, it caught up with her ... Darcy needs to get off the stage. Act over, no encore.

Coffman called it well ... every Dem in the region knew she must improve the Pierce County game to win ... she didn't ... what the fuck?

She would have fared better as a UW grad, by the way. The Harvard, I am so brillant thing, is an east coast fixation, sorry Darcy.

Eric Omeig - go Eric. Go away Darcy.

Posted by Me O My | November 8, 2008 4:00 AM

She lied. She blew it. Her time has passed.

Posted by LeRoy | November 8, 2008 7:02 AM

"To fail is to be a victim
To be a victim by choice
Maybe partying will help" - minutemen

Party on Darcy.

Go Republicans -- Take Back the Country!

Posted by John Bailo | November 8, 2008 7:49 AM

i bit myself up a bit for having such square parents. they weren't keen on letting me drive 100 miles to see the 'dream ticket' in high school. minutemen and rem, weeks before d. boon's death. at least i could play the bass break @ 1:55,

and with guitarist and drummer i still had a version heaven/hell. heat up the Colemen Stove, i'm outta here - My Own Private Tent City.

Posted by gry mklsk | November 8, 2008 8:54 AM

I blame Sandeep Kaushik, a former writer for The Stranger, for her defeat. He should have advised Burner to say she misspoke in the heat of the moment. Instead she was allowed to go on claiming she had a degree in economics. The fallout from this false claim likely was the difference in the election.

Posted by netroot | November 8, 2008 9:07 AM

If I lived in this district, I'd have voted for Ms. Burner. I really would. I've deeply dislike Mr. Reichart. Have thought he was an asshole since the early days of his service as King County sheriff.

That said, I have never, ever understood the fervid enthusiasm for Ms. Burner. Her case for herself seemed always to consist of the bare facts that she wasn't born rich, had gone to Harvard, was a Microsoft manager, and could rattle off the Democratic party talking points at a moment's notice. And impressive life to be sure, but what were her public service credentials? It's an honest question. I've never heard anyone say. Also the fact that, having completed both a Harvard degree and a Juris Doctor at U.W., she felt compelled to lie about her educational credentials -- well, that just made her seem like a slimy corporate climber.

Are there really no people in the 8th that actually have a respectable history of public service? Perhaps between now and next time, if we're to suffer Ms. Burner again, she can do a little community work that doesn't involve merely running for Congress.

Posted by Quintus Slide | November 8, 2008 9:11 AM

I hope Darcy runs again and again and again! Like me!

Posted by Heidi Behrens-Benedict | November 8, 2008 10:03 AM

I liked Darcy and would have voted for her if I lived in the 8th, but if she can't unseat a Bushie like Reichert in two Democratic landslides it's time for her to move on. Does the 8th have anyone else who could try the next time?

Posted by RainMan | November 8, 2008 10:04 AM

At least now we won't have to witness Reagan Dunn beating Darcy in 2010 to retake mommy's seat.

Democrats, can we find someone now who can WIN and HOLD this office? Please?

Posted by El Capitan | November 8, 2008 10:07 AM

Pat Cashman in '10

Posted by laterite | November 8, 2008 10:38 AM

I live in Issaquah, voted for Darcy, and will be happy to see a fresh choice next election time. She did not run a high energy nor inspired campaign.

Posted by Big Sven | November 8, 2008 11:16 AM

She's a total cintus suprimus. With zero charisma.

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 8, 2008 12:48 PM

Federal office should not be your first gig in politics. Why doesn't Darcy go for City, County or State and get some of that experience in Politics that she lacks?

Posted by Zander | November 8, 2008 1:13 PM

If you had not fired Josh Feit from the Stranger, Darcy could have won the race. Why did you remove that weapon from progressive politics in Seattle?

Posted by The one that could have saved Darcy | November 8, 2008 1:54 PM

it is so amazing that Darcy who is young acts like she is old

her energy level is very low, zero link with cameras

her race sucked up millions of Dem. money - god, what a shame there was not a better candidate, that seat was up for grabs....

no more darcy, please oh please

and her camapign team really fucked her the last weeks - some shitty ads and shitty messages

did darcy ever figure out the running against George Bush thing played out when the economy collapsed .... I think not

eight weeks before this vote nobody cared if Bush was alive or dead .... it was ALL about the coming depression .... sorry Darcy, as John Mc Cain said, "George Bush is not on the ballot" ...

but then..she did go to Haavaaarddd ...and George Bush went to Yale

Reichert now will be impossible to beat ... he is mythic ... all he must do is keep his hair and wave and heed the enviro. votes like he did so well ... remember he voted FOR the Federal Gay Rights Bill in the house last session ... as well as clean air and more National Forrests ... does he get any credit for that?

Posted by Football Brute | November 8, 2008 2:27 PM

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