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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Paging Richard Conlin: The Mayor Is in. Town Hall Is In. We're In. Are You Coming to Your Debate?

Posted by on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 9:32 AM

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Remember, earlier this week, when City Council President Richard Conlin put up that testy blog post about how Mayor Mike McGinn is not telling the truth about tunnel project cost overruns? And how McGinn then challenged Conlin to a public debate on the matter? And then, how Conlin—apparently throwing up blog posts from his European vacation—suddenly became too busy with vacation to respond directly to McGinn's challenge?

Well, look. We understand angry blog posts, and we understand vacations, so we thought we'd make it easy for Conlin to say yes to McGinn's debate idea. (Which is, objectively, a great idea. The city's top politicians are at loggerheads over the tunnel. Let's hear them talk it out, mano a mano. Everybody walks away more informed, and maybe some minds even change.) So here's what we've done:

We've decided to host the debate in partnership with Town Hall, which has agreed to provide the venue. The mayor's office has formally accepted this debate plan. Now all that's left is for Conlin to do the same. Easy!

We know you're online on vacation, Conlin. (Because, duh.) So open up your e-mail and send us a quick message. Just three little letters: Y E S. And then go back to enjoying Europe.

Come on. Put your mouth where your blog is. You're not scared to tell the truth, are you?


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Joe Szilagyi 1
If he doesn't, he really doesn't have any remaining credibility after he and Frank Chopp sold Seattle down the river.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on May 20, 2010 at 9:35 AM · Report this
I think the days of making policy without a pre-polled smackdown audience may be over for good.
Posted by gloomy gus on May 20, 2010 at 9:37 AM · Report this
roddy 3
Never debate someone who plays fast and loose with the truth. Especially a trail lawyer, who is trained to do it well.
Posted by roddy on May 20, 2010 at 9:38 AM · Report this
Just give it a rest already.
Posted by giffy on May 20, 2010 at 9:51 AM · Report this
Baconcat 5
How dare you guys ask for accountability and clarity in policy positions.


Our politicians are elected to lead without any inkling of explanation.
Posted by Baconcat on May 20, 2010 at 9:56 AM · Report this
theophrastus 6
Great idea! but not quite spectacle/P.T.Barnum enough. first, the city needs money, right? so to view this side-show one should have to purchase tickets. second, only a table and facing each other? nahh... think contemporaneous physical contest! they must debate the virtues of subterranean transit while biking up Cherry and/or a foot race down Broadway, ...oh and give one free to McGinn, a geoduck eating contest. Why, to accept any less would be contrary to everything The Stranger has come to represent.
Posted by theophrastus on May 20, 2010 at 10:07 AM · Report this
Peteykins 7
Can I *tsk* you about the incorrect usage of "wherefore art thou"?
Posted by Peteykins on May 20, 2010 at 10:09 AM · Report this
Eli Sanders 8
@7: Tsk away. Whatfore have I done?
Posted by Eli Sanders on May 20, 2010 at 10:11 AM · Report this
"Wherefore" means "why", not "where".
Posted by Eric from Boulder on May 20, 2010 at 10:14 AM · Report this
Conlin is a coward.
Posted by Dan Savage on May 20, 2010 at 10:18 AM · Report this
Peteykins 11
Thanks, Eric. Yes, when Juliet bemoans, "Wherefore art thou Romeo?", she isn't wondering where he is, but why, of all the people with whom she could have fallen in love, it had to be Romeo.
Posted by Peteykins on May 20, 2010 at 10:21 AM · Report this
Eli Sanders 12
@9 & 11: I did not know. Thanks! Adjusted slightly so as to avoid further tsks.
Posted by Eli Sanders on May 20, 2010 at 10:29 AM · Report this
I'm sure he'll jump right on that chance to debate. Particularly hosted by such an impartial party like The Stranger.
Posted by meks on May 20, 2010 at 10:30 AM · Report this
I would go to this if it were a Glee battle. One that started when nerdy Conlin blogged wicked about jock McGinn's solo-hogging after the mayor slushy-drinked and dumpster-tossed him.

Instead of a cage match punctuated by whoops and boos, Town Hall will host an autotune-heavy beard-vs.-beard sing-off of Top 40/80's chestnut mashups with soaring non-autotuned backing vocals by Council guest stars Neil Patrick Harris as (a younger) Tom Rasmussen and Kristen Chenoweth as (a much more cautiously made up) Sally Bagshaw.

Glee battle or nothing.
Posted by gloomy gus on May 20, 2010 at 10:56 AM · Report this
theophrastus 15
@13 how dare you impugn The Stranger! Why one only needs to admire Savage's fair and balanced comment (herein) to judge the veracity of your libel against this contemplative brain-trust.
Posted by theophrastus on May 20, 2010 at 10:59 AM · Report this
Why does this sound like Bill O'Reilly's taunts to liberals and politicians to come on his show, and when they don't respond, he calls them cowards?
Posted by TJ on May 20, 2010 at 11:05 AM · Report this
Peteykins 17
@12: Well done. And now it's a more contemporary reference! Cheers.
Posted by Peteykins on May 20, 2010 at 11:07 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 18
Maybe we could get Neil Patrick Harris to show up and moderate it?

And then break into song ...
Posted by Will in Seattle on May 20, 2010 at 11:13 AM · Report this
2 Things:

A lot of people would pay to see either or both of thaes guys get their comeuppence, so charge a little at the door and split the proceeds with a worthwhile charity. That way we'll know going in that at least some good willl come out of it even if there isn't a TKO

Have booze
Posted by Zander on May 20, 2010 at 11:57 AM · Report this
SPG 20
He's on vacation. Let him be.
When he gets back to town, then you can get all over him about this. No reason to crap all over someone's vacation because they were dumb enough to check in and say something that you didn't agree with.
Posted by SPG on May 20, 2010 at 6:21 PM · Report this

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