Burgess out, Savage in?

In yet another blow to the city’s media outlets, Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess has announced that no, in fact he won’t challenge Mayor Greg Nickels this November after all:

Despite dissatisfaction with some aspects of Nickels’ performance, “There are many many thing where we are in sync,” Burgess said. Absent major policy differences, he argued, the race would degenerate into a contest of “personality and style.”

Yeah… well… that’s exactly what a lot of reporters were hoping for, prompting The Stranger’s Dan Savage to quip “I may have to run.”

I think I can safely speak for all of your publication’s competitors in saying run, Dan, run!


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    Tame Geek spews:

    OH YES! I think there are quite a few people who are interested in what will “come out” when Dan Savage runs. If it comes down to God (on one side) vs. seeing God while your prostate is being prodded, well, he who screams the loudest will win!

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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    I suppose this is might further Seattle’s reputation as The Anal Canal of the Universe…but not as much as if goldy were to run.

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    ewp spews:

    Unfortunately Dan Savage doesn’t live in Seattle. If he could run it would certainly be entertaining.

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    stasis spews:

    Forget about one party region – this is a one candidate region. Chopp: unopposed, Pedersen: unopposed, Constantine: unopposed, Phillips: unopposed, Nickels: unopposed. We saw this in the judicial races in 2008. It’s pretty obvious why this is. And no, I don’t think it indicates a healthy governance system.

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    kirk91 spews:

    He would be almost as great as Jean Godden.

    Dan Savage is the person who supported such idiocy as the ‘ad supported’ monorail.

    He was for attacking Iraq because he hated the hippies at the Weekly.

    Past time that Seattle had ranked choice or IRV.

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    tpn spews:

    Tim Burgess has announced that no, in fact he won’t challenge Mayor Greg Nickels…

    Thank you for small miracles. Here’s a guy who ran a dirty campaign for city council against a guy who is progressive and came from a labor background. A dirty campaign from a guy who watered down the WTO accountability report. A guy who is a shill for the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild. A guy who, well, hasn’t really done much of anything leadership wise since he got elected. We can do without.

    Maybe the real problem is anyone who is smart enough to run, who has real progressive credentials, knows better then to set themselves up to be a target of the Old Money Seattle Smear Machine, of which, ironically enough, Savage’s newspaper has been a part of (perhaps unwittingly) from time to time.

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    Clarice spews:

    the Old Money Seattle Smear Machine

    ooooo . . . . I LOVE conspiracy theories. Who, exactly, are the members of this “Machine?”

    Is it the heirs of the Boeing fortune, lounging at the Rainier Club? Maybe some twenty-somethings whose ancestors were forest-rapers? Do tell!

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    Clarice spews:

    . . . . But if “Savage’s newspaper” is a part of that Machine, then it’s a Fag Machine, right?

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    Not all fags are bad-some are assholes just like in every other group spews:

    Say “YES” to War on Iraq
    by Dan Savage Ovetober 2002

    “War may be bad for children and other living things, but there are times when peace is worse for children and other living things, and this is one of those times.”

    “In the meantime, invading and rebuilding Iraq will not only free the Iraqi people, it will also make the Saudis aware of the consequences they face if they continue to oppress their own people while exporting terrorism and terrorists. The War on Iraq will make it clear to our friends and enemies in the Middle East (and elsewhere) that we mean business: Free your people, reform your societies, liberalize, and democratize… or we’re going to come over there, remove you from power, free your people, and reform your societies for ourselves.”