But in the space of the day, Kline has withdrawn the endorsement. He did this, he said, after receiving a phone call from Mayor Ed Murray. "He made a request," Kline told me by phone. "I think he’s right. He pointed out that they wanted flexibility and I'm more than happy to give it to them."
Kline did not fully explain what else he or the mayor might have in mind to save Metro. But, he said: "I think looking back, it makes more sense for the city and the county to come up with something that they can live with. That may be a countywide referendum…I don’t want this initiative getting in their way."
Kline volunteered that he's on his way out of office and isn't "subject to pressure," nor did he get "steamrolled."