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Friday, January 18, 2013

City Council Seeks Divisive Strategist to Foment Petty Drama with the Mayor

Posted by on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

The Seattle City Council hasn't had a primary communications director ever since the August departure of Laura Lockard, a council spokeswoman who seemed to act largely as a strategist for undermining Mayor Mike McGinn and fabricating the appearance of support for things like the council's legislation to punish panhandlers. Since then, former county elections spokeswoman Megan Coppersmith has been doing a one-woman show (free of the divisive drama that defined Lockard). But now, the council is looking for someone new to run their communications bureau.

The city posted a job offer today, so I want to make sure that everyone sees it here (this is the job description). The winning applicant will earn up to $105,000 a year and is tasked first and foremost with "Develop[ing] and implement[ing] strategic annual media action plan." And by that, I think the council is saying it wants a strategist who will behave like Lockard—who was basically a mini-me drama queen for Council Members Richard Conlin, Tim Burgess, Sally Clark, and Jean Godden—who champed at the bit to freeze transit funding and other perfectly reasonable parts of the city hall agenda. Now they're hunting for someone who will shrewdly present the council as a unified body of adults in the room, even though they've proven to be the biggest, most petulant babies when it comes to crying to the press when they don't get what they want. I hope they don't hire another Lockard—another person who puts theatrics and territorial infighting before good policy—but I think that's what we'll get.


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McCheese is a terrible mayor at best. I don't understand why you champion this snake. He only takes care of North Seattle. Just stop. He kowtows to anyone that fills his political coffers with money just like every other politician. The only difference is that he wouldn't care if South Seattle burned to the ground. Thanks for the excellent police chief, Mayor McDouche!
Posted by Redhots on January 20, 2013 at 11:17 AM · Report this
You really are an immature jackass. Why don't you ask your dad for some advice?
Posted by Family Embarrassment on January 19, 2013 at 9:31 AM · Report this
meow! someone didn't get their catnip today! Grow up Don - the job is to promote the Councils' interest not undermine the Mayor - the Mayor does a good job on his one needs to help!
Posted by dom's done on January 18, 2013 at 5:08 PM · Report this
Dominic, the Council's Communications Director works for the Council, not for Mayor McGinn. It's that person's JOB to push the opinions of the Councilmembers, alas often at the expense of the mayor.

Mayor McGinn has his own equally-well-paid staff of spinmeisters.
Posted by J.R. on January 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM · Report this
Dominic, please wipe McGinn's spluge off your lips before you sit down at the keyboard.
Posted by Mister G on January 18, 2013 at 12:48 PM · Report this
theophrastus 2
So for whom in Seattle city government does Mr Holder hold his excessive vitriol in abate? whom do you love, Dominic? O'Brien?--the original mini-me? Better run for office yourself with the choices your hate leaves you.
Posted by theophrastus on January 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 1

Remember, 90 percent of what the Council does is zoning, and most of that is by a 9-0 vote. That's where they give away property to rich people, who then don't pay taxes, which creates a budget deficit.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 18, 2013 at 12:01 PM · Report this

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