Tarelton and Bryant were elected at a "throw the rascals out" time
and replaced, respectively, Bob Edwards, a Mic Dinsmore - the then Port C.E.O - supporter,
[although on coming to know Edwards I did not feel that that needed to be held against him
as it definitely did in the case of Pat Davis] and Alec Fisken, a Dinsmore opponent. Dinsmore, so seemed to be the feeling, was too much in the bag of the Carrix Corporation and of the business interests in general, to whatever
degree the various interests overlap or not I will not discuss here.
John Creighton won against a very Green-oriented fellow whose name escapes me at the moment.
All this occurred during the not-so-long-ago when Brian Sontag, at the behest of a Tim Eyeman driven initiative, did
a Port audit, and the audit came up wrong by about 100 million. At that no so long ago time, about eight to ten years ago, the odeur of Afghanie type corruption was heavy in the air as the smell of burnt diesel fuel on the
South End and I got to know rather a lot about the port, for having been involved with several candidates, one of whom Citicorp forced to drop out or lose his job, and then support of Jack Jolley's candidacy against the most notorious Dinsmore supporter, the commissioner for life, Pat Davis, who too, initially, five thousand years ago, had run as a
reformer as did Tareleton and Bryant.
At that time I felt halfway well versed on the many interests that came to bear on the port and felt that Tarelton was
instantly suspect and Bryant entirely obvious to me as someone who would never
be a reformer of any kind but had been put up to defeat the best commissioner at the time,Alec
Fisken. And in that respect it proves the Seattle adage that if you want to get
elected you must run as a reformer and then be two-faced as hell. I also did a long
very interesting interview with a most impressive Mic Dinsmore but no one was
interested in publishing it, including The Stranger. And it was yet another confirmation
that no one was really willing to get down to the nitty gritty in these matters,
I had had one previous one during my years in Seattle, and my interests and training are not ordinarily those of a muckraker. Just stuff I happened on to.