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Mike McGinn Is Fucking Up, Seattle

September 1, 2009
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Update:

Apparently McGinn is having a “listening session” to hear your concerns about public safety and crime.  I don’t know when or where, because, although his camp will send me a presser every 5 minutes about irrelevant ish, they didn’t bother to send one about this event.  That’s says a helluva lot.  I guess if people don’t know about it they can’t go to it, which means their issues don’t get on Mike’s radar, which means their issues don’t exist for Mike- brilliant (doh!)!!

Original post:

Late last week Cola broke the news that the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild and the Firefighters McGinn 2Union plan to solely endorse Joe Mallahan for Mayor.

Today, the head of the SPOG criticized Mallahan’s opponent -Mike McGinn- sharply for not recognizing that public safety is paramount to the city (and to the Mayor’s job, duh Mike):

“He doesn’t even mention public safety, crime, police or firefighters anywhere,” O’Neill said.

And he is right.  There isn’t anything on McGinn’s website (tunnel schmunnel!) that talks about his stance on public safety or crime- and not just his opinion, but his plan.

Wait, do we not have public safety or crime issues in Seattle?!

Maybe someone should inform Dr. Debra Sullivan, who’s son was shot and killed driving on a Seattle street, or all the other mothers who have lost sons to gun violence in the City of Seattle.

Hell, maybe McGinn should tell anyone who has ever had a car vandalized, broken into or stolen, or store clerks who are killed, or who have guns shoved in their faces while they’re robbed, or bank tellers who face that same possibility every day they go to work, or women who are sexually assaulted on their way home from work, or back to their student housing after class in the City of Seattle.

Maybe he should go to Seattle’s gay community and tell them they no longer need to worry about being attacked on Broadway or anywhere else in the City of Seattle, because public safety and crime just aren’t an issue.

That’s very…Nickels-esque.

You’re fucking up, Mike McGinn.

PS- I’m still waiting for you to go toe to toe with me.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Cook permalink
    September 2, 2009 7:14 pm

    Why do you not like Mike McGinn? I feel like Mallahan is much worse. And when Mallahan mentions public safety, it feels like it means the same as it does to a lot of Seattle politicians: safety of residents who are north of the ship canal. I mean, just look at the response to the gunfire that happened around NSCC. They shut down I-5! That doesn’t ever happen when a black youth is gunned down in South Seattle.

    But back to the point, why is McGinn so much worse than Mallahan?

  2. Sable permalink
    September 2, 2009 11:21 pm

    I think it’s pretty evident in this post what my issue is here- it has nothing to do with whether or not McGinn and I wind up BFF’s, I don’t know him at all, so that’s a non-issue. I am concerned that he is running as if he knows what “the” issue is for Seattle (AWV) because “the” issue changes depending on who you are and where you live. As for the shooting and shutting down the freeway near the college- the college is right next to the freeway, so that makes sense. I’m not even sure why you brought that up and then say they would never do that in South Seattle “when a Black youth” is gunned down. What does one have to do with the other? Where does I-5 run through Rainier Beach? It doesn’t, so, you’re right, that doesn’t ever happen and it probably never will. McGinn is failing to stretch himself past a singular issue. He is failing to connect to marginalized and minority communities…and when he doesn’t even have a position on issues outside of the AWV- that’s alarming.

  3. September 3, 2009 12:10 am

    Sable,

    You have to be right now one of the brightest, most honest writers being read widely. Your answer on the I-5 shut down is good. We have so many issues that need to be addressed related to African Americans who you are doing a great job of covering.

    As to public safety, I agree that any Mayoral candidate who puts anything before public safety, utilities, parking and neighborhood interests is running for the wrong position.

  4. Agibean permalink
    September 3, 2009 8:20 am

    McGinn is a one-note wonder-that is why he has little to say about crime, and I’m as concerned as you are should he get elected, Sable. He’s got so little to say about important issues that’s a problem all by itself, regardless of Mallahan’s points of view.

    And I love your answer about the shooter up north-you should guest blog over at RVP regularly.

    Keep it up-you’re always worth reading.

  5. Kelly Wardzinski permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:15 am

    I’m inclined to disagree with this article, the tone and it’s assumptions. Mike McGinn has been a neighborhood activist for almost 20 years in Seattle. He is all about neighborhood empowerment. I listened to his KUOW interview yesterday and was very impressed. He talked about making real time crime information available to neighborhood groups and empowering/helping/encouraging neighborhood groups to work in cooperation with social services groups and the police… something that is difficult now because finding out exactly what is happening in Seattle neighborhoods crime-wise takes a lot more effort than just going online and looking at a single web site.

    I have lived in SE Seattle my whole life and am definitely voting for Mike McGinn. He has an extremely strong civic background and so he understands neighborhood groups and our needs.

  6. Kate Martin permalink
    September 3, 2009 3:07 pm

    McGinn has been a disaster in Greenwood and his years of activism usually meant being carried around in Nickels’ front pocket. He has no vision. Whenever something that had to do with vision or long range planning or planning at all came up in Greenwood or beyond he’d turn up the volume on whatever project he had the city funding within 100′ of his house. He can criticize Mallahan all he wants about voting, but McGinn (for the 10 years I’ve worked around him) couldn’t even get to a meeting on time or often even get there at all. He gets appointed by Nickels for this and that committee and doesn’t show or comes 5 minutes before the meetings over, barges in rudely and then proceeds to monopolize the floor while he blathers about his latest travels in Nickel’s front pocket. He had no leadership nor management qualities and pretty much likes to jump from issue to issue with an inability to focus or create strategies. He is a complete disaster.

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