My lonely vigil may be coming to a close!
A fellow blogger (from the right) emailed me that he thought he heard Dave Irons on the Mike Siegel Show yesterday, saying he planned to vote against Initiative 912. So I emailed Siegel’s other listener, producer David Boze, and asked for confirmation… and yes, that is apparently what Irons said. I’m hoping to get an audio clip, or confirmation from Irons himself, before I pack up my virtual camp and end my virtual vigil.
Without further explanation from Irons, one can only assume that if he plans to vote against I-912, it is because he supports the gas tax increase and the transportation projects it finances. I just wish he’d bluntly come out and say so.
In case you’re wondering why a right-leaning blogger would forward me this tip… well… it’s because one needn’t be unprincipled in support of one’s principles. As I wrote back in thanks, “I don’t particularly like it when politicians (from either party) attempt to ride two sides of an issue,” to which my correspondent replied “I agree 100%.”
From my perspective, Irons’ record on transportation issues has actually been rather responsible, and so his refusal up until now (at least, I think up until now) to publicly support a transportation package he clearly believes to be critical to the economy of the county he wants to govern, strikes me as hypocritical and disingenuous. He talks about the need to provide leadership, yet punts at the opportunity to demonstrate it. If his candidacy is truly about King County’s future, and not just his own, he should use his soapbox to educate voters about the true impact of I-912.
I have emailed Irons, at both his campaign and council address, to ask him to explain his position, and have extended the courtesy of offering to reprint his reply, unedited and in its entirety, here on HA. He has yet to respond.
Ooops. Forgot to link to this amusing and pointed letter from Carl.