News Oct 3, 2012 at 4:00 am

Marcus Charles, Owner of the Crocodile, Tells Capitol Hill Voters to Pick Rob McKenna

A poster telling liberals to vote for Republican Rob McKenna. Toby Crittenden

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The McKenna campaign is just simply baffling. I really don't understand the TV spot with a bunch of octogenarians sitting in a diner whining about Inslee imposing taxes on small business that result in killing jobs.

This demographic is far more concerned about Social Security and Medicare (and so are many of its family caregivers).

Besides any small business owners in that age cohort would have long since sold off their businesses when the economy was still on fire and are retired.

If McKenna really approved that commercial it's the best argument I've seen yet for voting AGAINST him. What a doofus.
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This is McKenna's race to lose and he's doing so in grand style. His biggest deficiencies are in two arenas: likability and social issues. In this case, Marcus Charles is just furthering the contagion that is pulling Rob down.

If McKenna was smart -- doubtful at this point -- he'd drop his opposition to marriage equality and become the fanciful unicorn of a candidate that Charles thinks he is. Unfortunately -- or fortunately, in this case -- Rob is hanging social conservatism and grouchy anti-Republicanism around his neck like so many lead weights.

Now that we're less than two weeks away from ballots dropping it looks like McKenna just doesn't care to win. He only cares about that ideological purity that Marcus is lashing out at.
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For the record, I have no affiliation with the Crocodile.
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You are not required by law to vote a straight Democratic ticket.

Inslee is a dolt. Cast a guilt-free vote for McKenna.
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@4 voting for an anti-equality candidate almost completely opposed to the interests of 18-35 year olds that aren't sitting behind a textbook? Sounds legit.
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I posted a photo about McKenna being against legalization of MJ and got a typical McKenna supporter going BATSHIT INSANE on me (on his facebook page), to the point that she was claiming I was stalking her, sexually harassing her, attempting to start a race war (we're both Native American, but she, despite not even knowing me, claims I am not), and committing treason! She then started in trying DESPERATELY to find out who I 'really was' (oh, yeah, that's not STALKERISH at all!), and then removed her posts when I pointed out how desperately she needed mental help. THESE are the kind of people supporting McKenna (who, by the way, does not support the Violence Against Women Act, either, and does not support tribes being able to enforce laws to non-tribal people who commit infractions on rez land)
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@4: Cletus, YOU are a dolt for supporting Rob DOOFUS McKenna!
Please go back to your cave and stay there until AFTER the election.
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Someone has a nuanced view? Not if Eli Slanders and his herd of sycophants have anything to say about.
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McKenna was also on the losing side of the federal court battle against Obamacare.
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Inslee is far from progressive, but McKenna is a big step backward.

His views on choice, gay marriage and the minimum wage (voting to stop it's increase and then turning around and petitioning for a raise on his 6 figure salary) are horrid.

I'd prefer a far more progressive governor. But I don't want to live in McKenna's Washington, a world where Plan B can be denied to women based on the whim of a pharmacist.

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Ready for the "caps"? THE STRANGER DOES THE CROCODILE'S TICKETING. What the fuck is wrong with you?
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Yep. Giant steaming pile of horseshit. Why on earth would ANYONE voting for Obama vote for My-Kock-enna? McKenna is backed by the same Koch Bro billionaires trying to smear and cheat their way to a victory for Mittens. The assholes voting for McKenna are the same radicals in Washington who hate women, gays, minorities, young people, and poor people. If McKenna had balls, he'd actually tell us who he's endorsing for president, and why. Until then, this should be seen for the desperate lie that it is. Rob McKenna, I see through your stupid ass lies!
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Thanks I had missed the endorsement.
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Eli - I'm disappointed how you mischaracterized the 20 minute or so interview you did with me about Marcus.

Next time I'll try to remind yourself you aren't trying to actually understand my point of view when asking questions, but rather trying to get a quote you can then print a bit out of context to match the point your trying to make, regardless of the point I'm trying to make.

My interview with you was all about explaining how I think Marcus came to his conclusion about McKenna, and how I think that's ok. Yes, I disagree with him. And I can disagree with someone's view on support of a politician, and yet still think they are a decent person.

Marcus is a smart man. He's also a good father, fair businessman, good husband, and great friend. Further, you attack a business he only owns a part of, with several other partners who I bet disagree with him about McKenna (me included). Not to mention the staff at the Crocodile who are awesome, and who you also attack by attacking the business.

Marcus is Marcus. He's not the Crocodile. His PAC isn't associated with the Croc. The Croc has been home to many progressive political fundraisers for the likes of Dow Constantine, Pete Holmes, and Steve Gonzalez. Attack Marcus's support of McKenna all you want, he put himself out there, he is a public figure. The Croc has nothing to do with it.

And, if you're going to start attacking all music events who have someone in their ownership who at some time or another supported a Republican...well, you're going to have a long list, including almost every major music venue and festival in this area, let alone the rest of the US.

Also, it's pretty laughable you call out Marcus support of McKenna "an exercise in politically reckless inconsistency" because in part McKenna doesn't support pot legalization. Don't you support Inslee who agrees with McKenna on this issue? And didn't you support Obama, and for that matter Gregoire, when they both actively opposed same sex marriage? Pot I'd like to introduce you to the kettle. Jeesh.

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This article is the real croc. Oh my god, someone in Seattle supports one Republican candidate! (A Republican who is pro-choice, not a homophobe and actually values education -- unlike Big-Bird-hating two-faced Mitt Romney)
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Listening to bar and restaurant owners about who to vote for is hilarious. Do your research and make up your own minds. I doubt Meinert will speak out against his long-time business partner. These guys own bars. Focus on serving drinks, stay out of politics. Nothing is worse than listening to facile combinations that pass as political discourse.
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I like this story. But. The sentence "He didn't seem worried that his political campaigning would hurt his business, even though some people have made noises about a boycott," comes across, to me, as a little passive aggressive because it's sort of abrupt. There's nothing else in the story that suggests an organized boycott is imminent. The only thing imminent is surly muttering.

And anyway, I think a boycott of the Crocodile for this douchy poster campaign seems extreme. It doesn't seem, to me, to be malicious on the same scale as, say, that homophobic landlord in Cienna's story.

Yelling at the owner for running a boneheaded and voter-confusing campaign supporting an anti-health care Republican jackass, however, is called for.
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Too bad there's no socialist candidate;I might pass on this one when my ballot arrives.
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As for political ideological purity..keep in
mind Supreme Court Justice J. Roberts' surpris-
ing decision , fairly recently..
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Um, hello, Stranger, has it occurred to you that maybe Mr. Charles and his group legitimately think we should vote for Obama and gay marriage, but not Inslee because Inslee is a mouth-breathing drone?

Or maybe they think that's it's a bad idea when one political faction controls government for a generation, the idea being that those in power get fat and corrupt when in power too long, the product of groupthink and vested interests, a principle understood by journalists who have actually read about, you know, history and other stuff besides kinky fucking and fringy music?

I have no idea who Mr. Charles is, but I happen to agree with his poster 100%. I already intended to vote exactly this way, well before seeing the poster.

For a independent weekly that holds itself out as a bastion of free thought and tolerance, The Stranger has become - like all things in the dynamic system of human thought - stale and predictable, a knee-jerk dogma fountain...

Oh well. Guess I'll start grabbing 50 copies of The Stranger to start the wood fire in my workshop instead of The Little Nickel.
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Oh, didn't notice the article was penned by Eli Sanders, our Pulitzer winner.

This article is the journalistic equivalent of Fat Vegas Elvis.
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From Obama's own mouth:
THE OBAMA CHRONICLES:
โ€œI promise 100% transparency in my administration.โ€.
โ€œI promise NO NEW TAXES on a family making less than $250K a year.โ€.
โ€œI will allow 5 days of public comment before I sign any bills.โ€.
โ€œI will remove earmarks from PORK projects before I sign any bill.โ€.
โ€œI will end Income Tax for seniors making less than $50K a year.โ€.
"I will bring ALL of our troops home within ONE year."
โ€œIโ€™ll put the Health Care negotiations on CSPAN so everyone can see who is at the table!โ€.
โ€œIโ€™ll have no lobbyists in my administration."
"I'll close Guantanamo."
"I'll resign if I don't cut the deficit in half by the end of four years."
"I'll unite the people of this great country."

From Dreams of My Father : 'I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'There was something about her that made me wary, a little too sure of herself, maybe and white..
From Dreams of My Father: 'It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa, that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself: the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.'
And FINALLY, and most scary!
From Audacity of Hope: 'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'
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You've been spending too much time with Goldy, Eli. This is hack city.
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Just change the name of this paper to the Democrater and be done with it why don't you.
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The Stranger's complete bias and inability to report both sides of a story are obvious. You attack and deride people for their beliefs if they do not coincide with yours. Does that make you feel better than them? It shouldn't.

I believe most of us read your paper for entertainment, not to be informed of real or legitimate news.
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The Stranger's bias and inability or unwillingness to provide both sides of a story are well known. You attack and deride people for their beliefs. Does that make you feel better than they are? It shouldn't. I believe most of us read your paper for entertainment, not for legitimate news. Don't rise above your slant.

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