Ok Anna, Dom, and other esteemed SCB officers - some additional questions for you:
How do you like Councilmember Dembowski's wobbly position on the proposed immigration ordinance that a coalition from the major immigration community organizations, the Council, the feds, etc. have worked two years in putting together? He's been in front of this group and pledged support, but just recently he indicated in constituent correspondence (forwarded to me),“I have not yet decided on how I will vote on the current reform proposal.” Naomi Wilson affirmed support for this legislation while the incumbent hem's and haw's and really doesn't provide the reasoning as to why. The incumbent has the anointed blessing of most of the entire progressive machine, including the LD organizations in the 1st, 11th, 32nd, 34th, 36th, 37th, 43rd, 46th, 48th districts. Part of that endorsement expectation has to do with supporting progressive ordinances such as this, which is before the county for consideration right now, and save for Rod's holding out, would be a done deal. The detainer changes means that King County will no longer participate in ICE practices that have deported both those who either enter the country by means other than official border crossing or those guilty of lesser offenses. It limits deportation to those convicted of felony charges and/or violent criminals. So far he has not given ANY justification for holding it up, but as the SCB - shouldn't you feel like you know that he's going to support this before you influence thousands of progressive voters into supporting him? Dom - you often write about legislation that hurts the poor. Every day that he does not support this means one more day in King County when someone can be questioned for no reason, discovered to be undocumented, sent to the holding pen in Tacoma, and have their lives and the lives of their families become uprooted and chaotic. That disproportionately affects the poor, we all know. Were I part of your board, I would definitely want to know, but you have to admit, having Naomi Wilson take the lead on this issue while the incumbent fritters away time and potentially lives certainly poses an important question you should probably ask and report on with certainty before election day, which I would love to see happen.
Then there is the matter of this - Councilmember Dembowski seated at a table for a Reagan Dunn fundraiser. If you've not seen it, you can check it out on WA Secretary of State Kim Wyman's twitter feed: https://twitter.com/KimWyman12/status/38…
You remember him right - Republican who got trounced by AG Ferguson last year, and former McMansion proprietor over at Che-Dunn, your fun feature from a few years back, Goldy? www.youtube.comwatch?v=BBxxJmy50Cg
Because I just have to ask how many recent appointees do we know that feel attending a fundraiser hosted by the opposition party-supported candidate when there's a Democrat in the race is a good judgement call? Wouldn't you be fairly aware, at least make the call to stay away from anything like that completely? If he thinks this was an appropriate move, or that it would have no bearing on independent swing voters, why didn't he just follow it up with a tour to the LD's who had just wrapped up endorsing him to tell them all not to bother with endorsing, doorbelling for giving money to Sherry Song. It's a slap in the face of the party, so let's not coat it and just call it for what it is. Had someone had a picture of him attending this Republican fundraiser at the LD meetings, you can be certain it would have been a much more charged atmosphere while he tried to explain his way out of it. I would bet Sherry and Rod have a lot in common, except one of them is supporting Reagan Dunn, while the other is running against him. I'll end with something Naomi mentioned to me in interacting with Rod one night at the 46th LD. They went off to the side to talk for a second, and Naomi indicated to Rod that Sherry could use his help, to which he replied that his hands were tied since Reagan had been a supporting vote in his council appointment. Hmmm.