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Thursday, October 18, 2012

The One Thing I Forgot to Tell You About Rob McKenna: He HATES Light Rail!

Posted by on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 10:37 AM

If you are a King County voter who is considering marking your ballot for Rob McKenna because he doesn't come off as quite so awful as most of those other Republicans, I strongly urge you to read our exposé on the real Rob McKenna, and how, on issue after issue, his values just don't jibe with ours. But the one thing you won't find in that piece is a mention of how much this guy absolutely despises light rail.

Oops. My bad.

McKenna has a long and well documented history of opposing light rail. As a King County Council member, McKenna was an early and vocal opponent of building light rail. As a Sound Transit board member, McKenna worked tirelessly to kill the agency. McKenna supported Tim Eyman's efforts to cripple Sound Transit, and he lobbied federal officials to deny the agency crucial federal funding. It was McKenna who hobbled Sound Transit's planning with his politically sellable but stupidly inefficient "sub-area equity" provision.

As recently as March, McKenna lambasted "this significantly unaccountable regional transportation body called Sound Transit," suggesting that "the only way out ... is another public vote." And just this Tuesday during the final gubernatorial debate, McKenna once again expressed skepticism over whether it was physically possible to run fixed rail over a floating bridge. Because now I suppose he's an engineer.

The citizens of King County have made our intentions clear, repeatedly voting to build and expand a regional transit system, and Rob McKenna, eager to divert transit money to new road construction, has fought us every step of the way. So why the fuck would we want to elect him governor?


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Max Solomon 1
because inslee is handsome and you can't trust a handsome politician. asked and answered.
Posted by Max Solomon on October 18, 2012 at 10:46 AM · Report this
Since "trains" is crackerspeak for "black people" throughout the U.S., readers could have reliably inferred McKenna's stance on transit issues generally from his party affiliation, so don't sweat this one.
Posted by lol chikinburd on October 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM · Report this
Well, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Sound Transit is a mess.
Posted by Mugwumpt on October 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 4
How exactly is Sound Transit a "Mess"?
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on October 18, 2012 at 11:24 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 5
Too late, I already voted.
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM · Report this
therealtrueauthenticrobmckenna 6
All this public transportation hullabaloo only accomplishes one thing: subsidizing a lazy minority population that never has and never will take responsibility for there own transportation needs. Light rail is notoriously inefficient. When I go to El Gaucho, I drive right to it, and the valet stores my vehicle for me while I'm being wined and dined by my fellow job creators. Now ask yourself, where in the hell is that poor valet supposed to PARK A TRAIN?!? Huh? Got an answer for that, punk? Well, do ya?
Posted by therealtrueauthenticrobmckenna on October 18, 2012 at 11:48 AM · Report this
Fnarf 7
There used to be a dickwad named "Big Don" who lived in Kent and haunted Usenet twenty years ago writing screeds about how the only thing transit is good for is giving Negroid criminals access to your neighborhood so they can steal your TV and whatnot (because you see a lot of guys hauling TVs and stereo speakers on the bus or train, right?). I wonder if that was McKenna.
Posted by Fnarf on October 18, 2012 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 8
Really? Oh well, my ballot is in the mail back to the county. And Inslee still got my vote
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on October 18, 2012 at 11:50 AM · Report this
McKenna hates light rail? Geez, you just gave me a great reason to vote for him.
Posted by Mister G on October 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM · Report this

ZOMG! Haven't thought about Big Don in years!

Ah, Usenet - those were the days!
Posted by COMTE on October 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 11
Republicans never support public transportation. They're pro business and want people to buy cars. Banks get interest rates. Dealers get profits - as do oil companies and repair garages.

Go to any sizable city in a Red State and check out the bus system. Very crappy service and the only people you ever see on a bus are maids, farm workers, and other poor people. Even poor white people will serially spend $1000 on a shitmobile every other year so that they don't have to ride the bus.

That's what that goon is trying to do in Washington.
Posted by Bauhaus I on October 18, 2012 at 12:08 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 12
@9 - Ha! As if you were on the fence.
Posted by Free Lunch on October 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM · Report this
Aaand Goldy has finally swung my vote. Sorry McKenna, light rail is an important future for transit here. While I don't think you could affect some of the other things espoused here as "omg he's so bad for", this one could wind up directly in your sphere of influence.
Posted by Tawnos on October 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 14

Rob are you drinking Frank's hooch?
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on October 18, 2012 at 9:23 PM · Report this
#12, I've actually been on the fence. I voted for McKenna in the primary, but I'm ordinarily a straight-ticket Democrat so I watched three gubernatorial debates because I wanted to see if I was missing anything about Inslee.

McKenna kinda-sorta creeps me out at a personal level. He has all the charm and charisma of a pile of earwax. But he obviously has at least 20 I.Q. points on Inslee, and it's also obvious (to me, anyway) that the WA State Democrats sorely need a good, hard ass-kicking to bring them into the real world.

One-party rule breeds laziness and arrogance. Both statewide and (especially) within the city of Seattle, the so-called "progressives" have been phoning it in for a long time. So, at least for now, I'm going to roll the dice on McKenna.

Posted by Mister G on October 18, 2012 at 11:08 PM · Report this
p.s.: There is only one way to discipline a politician or a political party. Scare the living shit out of them.
Posted by Mister G on October 19, 2012 at 12:50 AM · Report this
I'm not okay letting McKenna secure a candidacy for President of the United States, not with HIS moral values... And face it, winning here is a GOP sign from the heavens that it's their turn to win the White House and tea party everyone but the very wealthy into dire straits. Thanks for the NOM and Koch cocks' tails, but the risk is not worth it, not at all. Need I remind people Santorum and Gingrich both stood a chance against third time's a charmander Romney?
Posted by not til they lock up the crazies who escaped the asylums on October 21, 2012 at 2:42 AM · Report this

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