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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"Mayoral Candidate Tries to Woo The Stranger, but Offends Them Instead"

Posted by on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Tim Burgess: Whoops.

 

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Will in Seattle 2
All we find out from this is that the suburbanites at the Seattle Times are whining little drama queens, who think they own the Mayor even when they can't vote here.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM · Report this
south downtown 4
i think that the story is one of integrity.
Posted by south downtown on November 28, 2012 at 6:12 PM · Report this
Bub 5
There goes the Pulitzer Prize. :(
Posted by Bub on November 28, 2012 at 6:53 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 6
Cut the Times some slack. Old people can be easily confused, and that makes them defensive. Just enjoy them while they are still with us.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on November 28, 2012 at 7:29 PM · Report this
raku 7
So can you endorse Ron Sims for mayor now, or do you have to wait for the announcement and interviews and such?
Posted by raku on November 28, 2012 at 7:56 PM · Report this
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@7 the endorsement is Ed Murray's to lose. If he can come out with a credible SPD reform plan then it's a done deal.
Posted by motown philly on November 28, 2012 at 8:34 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 9
Not with the unpaid SR-99 Tunnel still on his "support" list, @8.

That's a lot of cash we still don't have.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM · Report this
south downtown 10
i think the story is about integrity.
Posted by south downtown on November 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM · Report this
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Personally, for his sake, I hope Ed Murray stays in the Senate.

Look, let's see Tim Burgess for what he is: A canny opportunist who is as ambitious as he's savvy. Honesty is not a strength or a tool for him. He's the type who will flatter you to death if it'll get him what he wants. To my inexperienced self, he's the closest thing we have to a classic Chicago politician.

That isn't to say that he would make a bad mayor, but we'd have to hope that his ambition and what's good for the city coincide. If they don't, then we'd be in for an ego trip mayoralty coming at the expense of the city.

McGinn has been far from perfect, but he has my vote right now if his opponent is Burgess. I never liked Burgess.
Posted by floater on November 28, 2012 at 9:40 PM · Report this
DOUG. 12
Tim Burgess is an asshole.
Posted by DOUG. http://www.dougsvotersguide.com on November 28, 2012 at 9:52 PM · Report this
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He is indeed. He's simply more strategic than most of that breed.
Posted by sarah70 on November 28, 2012 at 10:59 PM · Report this
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"The Stranger tends to go overboard for its favorite candidates," says the paper that runs free ads for its preferred candidates.
Posted by cheakamus on November 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM · Report this
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The funniest thing about Catalina is the s/he blogs about old people as if s/he wasn't one.
Posted by flan on November 28, 2012 at 11:51 PM · Report this
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It looks like the sole purpose of the Times article is to make Dominic look like a conceited fool for complaining about whether a political candidate gives him a "scoop." The subtext is that The stranger supports candidates, at least partly, for reasons other than their positions on issues or their fitness for public service. I can't find the quote on his FB page, but if it's accurate and resonably in context, it seems plausible that dominic has made an ass of himself. Still, that's not newsworthy; just more of "the media" reporting on itself instead of informing the public.
Posted by yuiop on November 29, 2012 at 12:30 AM · Report this
Karlheinz Arschbomber 17
News Flash: Exclusive!

Politicians are douchebags.

Details after the game.
Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arschbombe on November 29, 2012 at 12:35 AM · Report this
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@16 Complaining about not getting a scoop would be kind of whiny. Complaining that you were LIED to about a scoop, and didn't find out until after the article you'd written about the candidate assuming you had a scoop? That's entirely different. The article was, in part, about how brave it was to give the Stranger this scoop. Given that that's a lie, it completely changes the tenor of the interview.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on November 29, 2012 at 5:16 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 19
Flan, indeed, I am very, very old. Older than the hills. Older than the dust beneath your feet. I, like the Seattle Times, are not long for this world. That's why I advocate for them. I know what it's like to become slowly irrelevant, to lose one's friends, to sit waiting for that big sleep.

When I leave this vale of tears, when I shuffle off this mortal coil, when they close the lid of my coffin, and lower me into the rolling hills of Iowa, I will know that at least I did my part - in my feeble, elderly way - to keep up the spirits of those kindred souls on the Blethen's ferry across the river Styx.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on November 29, 2012 at 6:54 AM · Report this
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@19 When that sad day comes, please keep writing from the grave. I don't want your elevated prose to ever stop.
Posted by Brashion on November 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM · Report this
Joe M 21
@11, with all due respect to Mr. Burgess' estimable political savvy, the difference between a Chicago politician and him is the difference between shooting a bullet and throwing one.
Posted by Joe M on November 29, 2012 at 8:37 AM · Report this
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Well, Catalina, I'm glad to hear you admit that when you speak about old people being confused and easily defensive, you're talking from first-hand experience!
Posted by flan on November 29, 2012 at 8:38 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 23
'"The Stranger tends to go overboard for its favorite candidates," says the paper that runs free ads for its preferred candidates.'

And lies incessantly about its favorite initiative issues.

The Suburban Times is the FauxNewzSalts of the damp upper-left corner.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on November 29, 2012 at 8:45 AM · Report this
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@11: "A canny opportunist who is as ambitious as he's savvy."
And this is different from most politicians how?
Posted by TJ on November 29, 2012 at 10:37 AM · Report this
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@various: re Times support of candidates vs Stranger support of candidates - there is one major difference in the Times taking out ads in it's own paper for McKenna, and the Stranger running a cover and fawning over McGinn - the Times had to declare with the PDC; all of the Stranger's stories lauding how fantastic McGinn would be were not declarable.
Posted by TJ on November 29, 2012 at 10:40 AM · Report this

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