I hardly know cynically-appointed-and-soon-to-be-former King County Councilmember
Raymond Shaw Reagan Dunn; I met him before his first Council meeting, shook his hand, and wished him good luck. But his pretty-boy good looks, political grandstanding, and nepotistic background made me quickly suspicious.
Still, for all I know,
Shaw Dunn might eventually turn out to be a reasonable, trustworthy and effective politician. Once he grows up.
Reagan Dunn is showing his age: He’s what, 6 years old?
How else to explain the antics of this political child who said he would “personally … honor” the decision of the King County Republican Party on who should be entered in the fall primary? Dunn, 34, a Metropolitan King County councilman from Bellevue, lost the GOP nomination for the 9th District seat Saturday to fellow Councilman Steve Hammond, R-Enumclaw, 234-209. In no time, Dunn ditched his pledge to “personally plan to honor the process.”
Yeah… Nicole Brodeur really sticks it to
Shaw Dunn in today’s Seattle Times, and deservedly so. Shaw Dunn was apparently willing to “personally … honor” the convention results when he thought he was a shoe in to win, and his justification for breaking this promise turns out to be just as selfish as the act itself.
“Look at it through my eyes,” Dunn urged me. “I have been working on this for six months, on the phone four hours a day.”
I just finished Camp Wellstone, an intensive, three-day campaign training session, and one point that was hammered home to potential candidates is that elections are not about you… they are about the community. I’m guessing that the GOP regulars who comprise the delegates at caucuses and conventions could sense
Shaw’s Dunn’s inherent narcissism, and that’s why with all the official party support and most of the money, he still lost to Hammond.
The top-down discipline both parties are trying to impose has democracy exactly backwards. The candidates are there to serve the voters, not the other way around. Perhaps when
Shaw Dunn grows up, he’ll realize that his mother has only one vote.