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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Some Big Endorsements in the 34th

Posted by on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Joe Fitzgibbon
  • Joe Fitzgibbon: Newly endorsed.
As I've written (here and here), this race for a state house seat from West Seattle is one of dueling endorsements and three ideologically-similar candidates trying to get a leg up any way they can.

Today Joe Fitzgibbon, a 23-year-old former legislative aide to state house member Sharon Nelson and a veteran of the Burien Planning Commission, scored two big nods from big labor unions that can help him get out the vote in November.

Both the Service Employees International Union and the Washington Federation of State Employees are backing Fitzgibbon (on the heels of recent Fitzgibbon endorsements from the Sierra Club Cascade Chapter, Fuse Washington, and the Washington Bus).

In other 34th endorsements, the Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle is getting behind Fitzgibbon opponent Marcee Stone, a legal secretary at a downtown law firm and a longtime campaign finance reform activist. As for the third major candidate in this race, Mike Heavey, he told me last night that he's looking to emerge as the "third way"—not the labor guy, not the establishment guy, but the ready-to-get-things-done guy. However, that hasn't translated into any new game-changey endorsements for him lately.

 

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michaelp 1
Marcee Stone, not Sharon Nelson (re MDC)
Posted by michaelp on June 24, 2010 at 4:20 PM · Report this
Eli Sanders 2
@1: Ack! Thanks. Fixing.
Posted by Eli Sanders http://elisanders.net/ on June 24, 2010 at 4:21 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
And Marcee was already endorsed by the King County Democrats on Tuesday night.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on June 24, 2010 at 4:35 PM · Report this
JonSM99 4
That so many "progressive" groups like Fuse are endorsing in a contested primary is utter bullshit. Only Marcee Stone refuses PAC money and has a record of getting the big money and special interest access/influence out of politics.
Posted by JonSM99 on June 24, 2010 at 8:58 PM · Report this
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@ 4:

In what fantasy world is big money and special interest access/influence out of politics? The last legislative candidate around here who refused PAC money was Dick Kelley, in the 43rd. He finished dead last in the primary because he had no money to get his message to the voters.

PDC reveals that Stone has raised $11,865, has received in-kind contributions of $3,363.11, and has loaned her own campaign $5,000. She has spent $15,786.89 to date and has cash on hand of $4,441.22. She isn't taking money from PACS (that's spelled U-N-I-O-N-S in Democratic circles), and given that she has loaned her own campaign $5,000, which is more than $4,44.22, I'd say her campaign is in the hole right now.

In other words, she has brought a knife to a gunfight. Do you think the voters are naive enough to reward that brand of starry-eyed idealism in a power-politics District like the 34th, home of the elder Heavey, Dow Constantine, Joe McDermott, Eileen Cody, Sharon Nelson, Greg Nickels, and Tim Ceis? There just isn't enough of a goo-goo vote to save her. Stick a fork in her. She's done.

In contrast, Heavey has $20,692.76 on hand, and Fitzgibbon has $15,129.94 in cash on hand and many, many boots on the ground on the way. We all love Marcee, but she's in way over her head, and the primary vote totals will reflect that.

Posted by we all love marcee, but on June 24, 2010 at 9:30 PM · Report this
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@ 4:

In what fantasy world is big money and special interest access/influence out of politics? The last legislative candidate around here who refused PAC money was Dick Kelley, in the 43rd. He finished dead last in the primary because he had no money to get his message to the voters.

PDC reveals that Stone has raised $11,865, has received in-kind contributions of $3,363.11, and has loaned her own campaign $5,000. She has spent $15,786.89 to date and has cash on hand of $4,441.22. She isn't taking money from PACS (that's spelled U-N-I-O-N-S in Democratic circles), and given that she has loaned her own campaign $5,000, which is more than $4,44.22, I'd say her campaign is in the hole right now.

In other words, she has brought a knife to a gunfight. Do you think the voters are naive enough to reward that brand of starry-eyed idealism in a power-politics District like the 34th, home of the elder Heavey, Dow Constantine, Joe McDermott, Eileen Cody, Sharon Nelson, Greg Nickels, and Tim Ceis? There just isn't enough of a goo-goo vote to save her. Stick a fork in her. She's done.

In contrast, Heavey has $20,692.76 on hand, and Fitzgibbon has $15,129.94 in cash on hand and many, many boots on the ground on the way. We all love Marcee, but she's in way over her head, and the primary vote totals will reflect that.
Posted by we all love marcee, but on June 24, 2010 at 9:31 PM · Report this
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@4 What's her record? Last I checked there's still money in politics.
Posted by kurisu on June 24, 2010 at 10:01 PM · Report this
JonSM99 8
Yes, one person hasn't managed to fix the entirety of US politics in a few years. But she was instrumental in getting the Governor and Legislature to pass a local option law that lets local governments set up public financing systems again. Washington Public Campaigns has been working since then on a bill to create public financing for our judicial elections.
Posted by JonSM99 on June 25, 2010 at 8:28 AM · Report this

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