Larry Phillips legislative aide, Leah Zoppi, emailed me to thank me for my earlier post, but also to correct a factual error:
Thanks for your post about Larry’s decision to support Councilmember Drago as a caretaker for the 8th District seat. However, I need to let you know it contains a factual inaccuracy. The decision would not have reverted to Governor Gregoire. That’s only the case for partisan positions, not non partisan positions as voters made the County Council. There is NO tiebreaker currently in place for filling County Council vacancies. Which means, if the Council remained deadlocked on the issue of filling this vacancies, the Council would have remained 4-4, with neither side having a majority and District 8 residents having no representative. This would have impacted the Council conducting business like reorg and passing legislation, and it would have left the people in District 8 with no one to turn to for advocacy on their behalf.