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They protect their own.
I'm still going with "complete and utter lack of political skills."
Given the past actions of members of our so-called "non-partisan" Council, what makes you think many of them AREN'T Republicans?
As for the politicking at the time, I well remember that long before the Council put out this budget McGinn flatly announced he was going to fire 200 senior staffers to be named later. That's a move he since acknowledged (even here) was a huge mistake that brought him a firestorm of pushback from all City departments. It took him months of clarification, rephrasing, and ultimately complete retreat to untangle his mess.
So the idea that early in that process the council cut 500K out of that year's $3.6M mayoral budget as part of that pushback? Not unimaginable.
And if in all the years since then McGinn never stooped low enough to ask for it back, or could never strategize a bargaining chip to get it back? Neither of those is beyond the realm of imagining either.
But that's just idle speculation. Go get someone on record! And thanks for spotting this,
There are many ways in which Council did this. If McGinn tried to highlight some of them, most of the media would just deride him as a cry baby, and denounce him as divisive. It was actually really ugly in many ways. To hear those same people then complain that McGinn was the problem and that they were the adults was an outrageous insult. But few people cared enough to look at how obstructionist the Council, and the City Attorney, too, btw, were being. These are stories that will never get told. And while we can say that a Mayor should be above this, should be able to push through it all, many in this City made it their personal mission to force his failure and then claimed to have the best of intentions. History, once again, is written by the powerful.
"These are stories that will never get told."
Put up or shut up. This is an open forum. Tell away.
alas poor McGinn... Oh how The Stranger elected him... and he accomplished nothing; and how that was everyone else's fault (except for the stuff other folks did for which he took credit) let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings.
trust me, The Stranger will find cause to hate folks on Murray's behalf before too much longer - such is politics.
And now, not so much.
Also, McGinn might have treated the budget like other things, Sugary drink tax, an idea without meaningful scope and plan for implementation, for example.
Seattle is such a joke sometimes.
Cienna, your research is either incompetent or dishonest. The 2010 Endorsed Budget for the Mayor's Office (basically the starting point in the budget process) was $3.1 million. What the Council approved was $3.7 million, an almost 20% INCREASE. The cuts they made to the Nickels' budget still left a substantial increase.
At this point, I personally believe The Stranger's political reporting is so broken they should leave that to the grownups and focus on subjects they can understand, like Drunk of the Week.