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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Is Ed Murray Thinking About Jumping Into Mayoral Race?

Posted by on Sun, Aug 23, 2009 at 10:35 PM

"I just got a phone survey call," Tyler Folsom wrote on the McGinn for Mayor Facebook page earlier today. "Looks like Ed Murray is floating the idea of a write-in campaign for mayor."

Someone may be floating the idea—and doing some polling on it—but it isn't State Sen. Ed Murray (D-43), according to State Sen. Ed Murray (D-43).

"I am just coming back from several days in the Cascades with Michael," Murray wrote in response to an email seeking comment. "We have been out of cell phone range. I don't have a poll out there, and have not asked for one. (If I did I would be required to report it.) This is the first I have heard of it."

Murray added that he had "received calls asking me to consider [running as] a write in," but he hasn't met with anyone or—again—commissioned any polls. And in a follow-up email Murray emphasized that he is not—at this moment—planning on jumping into the mayoral race as a write-in candidate.

"But I might consider it after I have a chance to return all the emails and phone calls I received asking me to consider it while I was gone," said Murray.

That clear?


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Baconcat 1
Oh, that reminds me, I should get a couple of "VOTE FOR DAN SAVAGE OR I'LL FUCKING CHOKE YOU" shirts made for the next Slog Happy.
Posted by Baconcat on August 23, 2009 at 11:07 PM · Report this

I am running to challenge the failed political leadership in the 37th district and to return GOP to anti-slavery roots. The failure of status quo leadership has left us with a crisis in education, minimal participation in economic development and escalating youth violence. Education and economic development are the top priorities. Implement culturally relevant curriculum and expand successful alternative education models and effective youth development/enrichment initiatives. Increase support for small businesses to create jobs. Full investigation into government supported corruption surrounding the African American Heritage Museum. Reparations not gentrification, equitable distribution of the economic development dollars in Central/South Seattle.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on August 23, 2009 at 11:16 PM · Report this
What is clear is that Dan Savage and/or Ed Murray don't know how to spell "received," and that is pathetic.
Posted by Yo. on August 24, 2009 at 12:38 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 7
Hmmm, I actually like the idea of Ed running as Mayor better than the other two. And for Murray it is a good jumping off point if he decides after one or two terms as mayor to run for Govenor.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on August 24, 2009 at 6:46 AM · Report this
A failed write-in campaign a good jumping off point for a run for Governor? Sorry; does not compute.

A write-in candidate would need something approaching 40 percent of the vote to prevail over the two candidates whose names will be printed on the ballot. In a fairly high turnout general election, where we're electing both a new mayor and a new county executive, the chances of that actually happening are nil.

McGinn and Mallahan may still be general unknowns but they don't generate the kind of animosity that would be required for voters to abandon them both in favor of a write-in.
Posted by Citizen R on August 24, 2009 at 7:02 AM · Report this
Baconcat 10
Posted by Baconcat on August 24, 2009 at 7:18 AM · Report this
Quixotic? Probably. Provocative? Certainly. It would definitely make the race more interesting -- I am sincerely uninpressed with our current amateur / dilettante choices, and am already tired of hearing about the tunnel (what is McGinn actually FOR?) and being on the receiving end of Mallahan's corporate double-speak (synergy? ideation? really?!?!)
Posted by Murgen on August 24, 2009 at 7:45 AM · Report this
Lurleen 13
A write-in campaign is nearly impossible with mail-on ballots. Whoever pitched this idea is either just trying to boost Sen. Murray's image with false calls for "Ed, Ed, Ed!" or is a true Ed believer but not in touch with electoral reality. Either way, I hope Ed & Michael enjoyed the beautiful Cascades, take the "write Ed in for mayor!" compliment for what it is (nice but futile), and return to normal live refreshed and happy from a nice vacation.
Posted by Lurleen on August 24, 2009 at 8:03 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 14
Mallahan is about the paradigm synergy of being outside the box. McGinn is about stopping the tunnel; much like Seattle stopped the building of those two stadiums the state decided they were going to build. And look how successful THAT was!!
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on August 24, 2009 at 8:18 AM · Report this
I'd work my ass off to help get Ed back into City Hall as the top for once. Fucking Oly is too boring for words, and Murray's been doing his duty mucking back and forth for aaaages now, since way back when Cal was still kicking. I bet Murray could come up with a terrific replacement for his seat - definitely a homo, but not another white guy, and not a giant guppie. (BTW Ed is NOT a guppie. A guppie would have had that laser resurfacing by now. Ed retains his shanty Irish pride, which would slay all the working-class city voters currently wondering who the fuck McGinn and Mallahan think they are.)
Posted by gloomy gus on August 24, 2009 at 9:04 AM · Report this

All we need is a placeholder until Peter returns in 4 years.
Posted by Trevor on August 24, 2009 at 9:13 AM · Report this
seandr 21
Well, that settles it, I'm writing in Ed Murray regardless.

I just can't bring myself to vote for either of the nobodies. I hated Nickels as the mayor, but it was a fun and enjoyable kind of hate like the kind you might have for an annoying kid brother. I'm pretty sure I'll hate McGinn or Mallahan, and it will not be enjoyable.
Posted by seandr on August 24, 2009 at 9:21 AM · Report this
By the way anyone who think Ed Murray is needed more in Seattle than in Olympia isn't paying attention. He is more progressive and more visionary than Chopp (who is too constrained by his role as speaker of the House) and Pedersen (the corporate lawyer), and we badly need his leadership to promote tax reform in the next few years.
Posted by Trevor on August 24, 2009 at 9:34 AM · Report this
Go Ed, Go!
Posted by kk on August 24, 2009 at 9:40 AM · Report this
Trevor, I don't think you're wrong, but how do you keep 'em down on the farm once the city lights beckon?
Posted by gloomy gus on August 24, 2009 at 10:06 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 26
He didn't say anything about this at the 43rd Dems BBQ this weekend, which even our Caribou Barbie version (Susan Hutchinson) showed up at, so my guess is this is not true.

Just realize that you can't count us or find our money cause all the guerrilla units of the Sierra Club aren't centrally organized and we work for free. Which is why we win.
Posted by Will in Seattle on August 24, 2009 at 11:26 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 29
hate to say it, but @28 for the win.

Or the whine, I'm not sure which.
Posted by Will in Seattle on August 24, 2009 at 1:05 PM · Report this
Yeah, that'll work in a city where something like 50% of active voters have no idea that you can write somebody in who is not on the ballot for a race.
Posted by Gomez on August 24, 2009 at 3:33 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 34
Tunnel - dead.

Billionaires - upset.

People - wanting Mike McGinn not a Tunnel Patsy.
Posted by Will in Seattle on August 25, 2009 at 4:55 PM · Report this

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