The true cost of not building transit

If you want a measure of how much it really costs the citizens of this region not to have viable mass transit solutions, just take a look at Jane Hague’s latest PDC filings. So far she has put into her race $106,800 of her own money, bringing her total dollars raised to $432,628! Against Richard Pope, for chrisakes. When this whole thing is over Brett Bader should buy Pope a nice fat gift out of the $200K he’s already billed Hague.

I keep asking people who know these things, and while nobody’s willing to put money on a Pope victory, I don’t know anybody who would rule it out either. No wonder Hague is nervous. And if only she had the opportunity to hop on a train instead of flopping behind the wheel of her car, she’d have cruised to victory without it costing her a dime.

CLARIFICATION:
After the Dems launched their write-in campaign, I stated that I would endorse whoever won the August primary. This promise was made before we learned of Hague’s DUI’s, resume lies, and PDC shenanigans, and was mostly intended as a statement of principle.

Recently, I’ve heard from a couple folk wondering when I was going to live up to that promise and officially endorse Richard Pope. Truth is, I thought that my promise was my endorsement, and hadn’t really intended to post on it one way or the other, because I don’t generally do formal, ed-board-like endorsement posts. But so as to avoid any confusion: I endorse Richard Pope for King County Council. Of course, I’d previously endorsed Pope for Seattle Port Commission, so make of that what you may.

Comments

  1. 2

    Luigi Giovanni spews:

    By the way, David, while the DUI charge and her conduct after being stopped are important, these are not her only issues.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “I endorse Richard Pope for King County Council.”

    So do I. I don’t quite trust him, and I’m not convinced he’s sincere, but I don’t think he can do much harm in an office like County Councilman, and I think the Democratic Party poobahs have it coming.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Well, I’ve got to hand it to you Goldy, you’re skilled at making light rail look like the low-cost alternative. You’ve got skills, man, you’ve got skills. Now, what you can do to put lipstick on a $4.4 billion necklace of floating concrete boxes?

  4. 5

    spews:

    Goldy,

    “I keep asking people who know these things, and while nobody’s willing to put money on a Pope victory, I don’t know anybody who would rule it out either.”

    Any number of your regulars claimed they were willing – and at good odds, too! – but only if you held the stakes. They weren’t willing to pay their losings to Hopelink, either, which begged the question what they had against helping the homeless and children at risk.

    The far more honorable thing is to sit the race out and support a real, credible, and viable candidate in four-years, a period of time within which Richard XI (soon to be XII) will loose at least four more elections (Richard XVI? Even the French didn’t have that many Louis’!).

    Gooooooooooooooo-feeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

    The Piper

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    chadt spews:

    @5

    I predict that you will regret stepping in it by bringing up your cowardice and slimy wriggling over the bet thing, and I’m sure people with more patience willsoon be digging through the archives to rub your own foolishness into your face.

    Man! You just have a REAL TALENT!

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @5 “The far more honorable thing is to sit the race out and support a real, credible, and viable candidate in four-years”

    Yes, sit it out Piper! Let 4 HorsesAss liberals decide the 6th District County Council race. It’s the ideal solution for everyone.

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    chadt spews:

    The far more honorable thing is to sit the race out and support a real, credible, and viable candidate in four-years, a period of time within which Richard XI (soon to be XII) will loose at least four more elections (Richard XVI? Even the French didn’t have that many Louis’!).

    Lose. The word is “lose”. LOSE, LOSE, LOSE! Geeze.

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    Daddy Love spews:

    I have already sid, that given a ballot with Jane Hague and Richard Pope’s names on it, even though I would not normally support him in other circumstances, I will vote for Richard Pope over Drunky McSwearWord. Any time.

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    busdrivermike spews:

    I endorse Richard Pope for Spartacus, err. County Council. Simply for the entertainment.

    And his excellent research abilities. I really hope this happens, it might make it worth watching County council meetings on TV worthwhile.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Give Richard a chance to show he’s serious and can make a meaningful contribution. If it doesn’t work out, well, we can’t do worse than the incumbent and there’s a primary 4 years from now. In the meantime, Richard can use the salary to provide for his special needs child.

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    horsesasshole spews:

    Goldy,

    Talk about going out on a limb. Your endorsement 6 days before the election of a Democrat versus a Republican is truly earth shattering. The fact that you waited this long, have raised no $ for him and basically bitch-slapped him just one year ago when he was running for District Court tells the voters of the 6th all they need to know.

    For any progressives still on the fence, take a look at the follwing Pope letter attacking McKay for not being sufficiently reactionary…http://www.thereaganwing.com/m odules.php?op=modload&name=PagEd&file=index&printerfriendly= 1&page_id=750

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    klake spews:

    After the Dems launched their write-in campaign, I stated that I would endorse whoever won the August primary. This promise was made before we learned of Hague’s DUI’s, resume lies, and PDC shenanigans, and was mostly intended as a statement of principle.
    Golgy I would be more concern abput them stuffing the ballot box than Hague’s DUI’s. Who do you get to vote for in King County nothing but left wingers. Yep all those rejects that promise to move to Canada after Bush won the election. Hell Goldy vote for all the drunk drivers who run for office they can’t be worse than the clowns running the state today. Don’t you love Hillary after last night, she really put those left wingers in place?