More Seattle Democrats Call for the Mayor's Resignation

Meanwhile, the mayor continues to use Councilmember Sawant as a scapegoat.



@1 - Yes, the two intelligent members of the Seattle City Council who see past petty grievances for the greater good and who know that any of their colleagues would be a disaster as an Interim mayor.


A recall cannot be achieved without cause. Durkan is disliked. People have complaints.

Anything actually viable cause for a recall? If so, what?


Whenever any legal voter of the state or of any political subdivision thereof, either individually or on behalf of an organization, desires to demand the recall and discharge of any elective public officer of the state or of such political subdivision, as the case may be, under the provisions of sections 33 and 34 of Article 1 of the Constitution, the voter shall prepare a typewritten charge, reciting that such officer, naming him or her and giving the title of the office, has committed an act or acts of malfeasance, or an act or acts of misfeasance while in office, or has violated the oath of office, or has been guilty of any two or more of the acts specified in the Constitution as grounds for recall. The charge shall state the act or acts complained of in concise language, give a detailed description including the approximate date, location, and nature of each act complained of, be signed by the person or persons making the charge, give their respective post office addresses, and be verified under oath that the person or persons believe the charge or charges to be true and have knowledge of the alleged facts upon which the stated grounds for recall are based.


Support? How about she got elected and her term isn't up. Good luck with the jihad, pretty sure most voters are not at all engaged in this civil navel gazing and Jenny will be just fine.


You guys gotta go read Durkan's filing with the judge: she says the Mayor doesn't set the policies and procedures of the police. That's all the Chief's doing! Jenny approves, yes, but that doesn't make her accountable for anything the police do. See?

McGinn mocked her hypocrisy, the Internet quoted the city charter to her chapter and verse. She's not backing down. Durkan had nothing to do with tear gas, and anyway they tear gassed them with this other gas that's not called tear gas so that doesn't even count. LOL

Later she tweeted she's pissed at Trump because the EPA is gutting environmental rules. Like she think Trump is responsible for what the EPA does? Classic.


@1 this is great coming from a guy who literally cheered the murder of a cop in Bothell the other day. Oxygen thief terror apologist human garbage like yourself doesn't get to judge anybody else's irredeemability, sorry.


Sawant for Mayor. Destroy Seattle for the People.


Seattle - Does it have lots of money? Yes!
Is Seattle as progressive AF? Yes!
Is Seattle governable - given our succession of one term mayors? Hmmm!


"Sawant for Mayor!!!" - Bellevue Chamber of Commerce


This does sound like a ground swell of support against Mayor Jenny until you stop to consider the membership of these "Democrat" orgs nowadays. The 43rd is Democrat in name only and has been fully assimilated by Socialist Alternative. They went so far as to change their endorsement bylaws in 2019 so they no longer have to endorse an actual democrat and surprise they endorsed Sawant with 70% of their vote. The 37th isn't far behind. A member wrote an op-ed during the last election cycle encouraging them to change their bylaws as well but since they didn't get to it in time they endorsed no one in District 3 and Tammy Morales in District 2. The same Tammy who was a card carrying member of Socialist Alternative until she was called out on it by Durkan and then issued the lame excuse that she was just checking it out (of course since being elected she has voted lockstep with Sawant 99% of the time). The 36th actually still has some real Dems left however they endorsed Moon in the 2017 election so not exactly a bastion of support for Durkan. There is no way Durkan is going to step down on her own accord so most of this is moot however I just wanted to point out how worthless these org's have become as any indication of mainstream democratic voter sentiment. It's been 6 weeks now since Sawant said she was going to submit articles of impeachment so when is someone going to ask her what the hold up is? If she had followed through on her commitment this could have been over by now.


The next mayoral election is in 2021. I'll wait for then to vote for a new mayor.


This is why you never elect a former prosecutor for a higher political office.

Prosecutors operate with no oversight or accountability and are rewarded and promoted for being sociopathic liars. No other political office rewards unethical behavior the way being a prosecutor does. By comparison they make regular police look accountable.

Durkan has been told repeatedly the public wants to defund the police 50%. As a prosecutor she has paid to laugh at the will of the people, but she is a mayor now. If she is unable to honor the will of the people, she needs to go.


I used to work with Mayor Durkan as a lawyer years ago. I gave her the benefit of the doubt and figured the turnabout on tear gas was the police giving Durkan the finger and showing her who's boss - heck the police gave everyone the finger including a federal judge. But her reconsideration of the recall essentially says "I have the power but not the duty to control the police." Well, it is IMPERATIVE that police be under civilian control by elected officials so I can't tolerate or support out of control police actions like teargassing after it was prohibited by her now being called a "reasonable" decision of the police chief by the mayor. We need a mayor willing to take responsibility or blame the police, not refuse responsibility and call police reasonable.


Nobody was calling for the ousting of mayors during prior riots like the WTO because of the tear gas. We should extend Durkan the same courtesy.


The entire Seattle City Council should resign. Sawant first.


"The 36th Legislative District Democrats do not appear to have called for former Mayor Ed Murray to resign back in 2017 after he was accused of multiple child sexual abuse allegations."

Imagine there being a distinction between allegations and things that there is public record and video that it actually happened.

Garbage question.


@Land Shark Makes you wonder, if the mayor is not in charge of city departments, what the hell is the point of its existence?

Her argument means that the police are not under the control of an elected government, which only turns things into a much, much larger problem.


@19, I'm actually kind of glad the cops are accountable to rather than in control of the elected government. For example, I'm much happier Trump's control of the FBI is that he can hire and fire the guy who can hire or fire the director of the FBI. You can imagine what kind of abuse could take place if whoever is in power actually controlled the cops. Actually, you don't need to imagine it, you can see it in some places, and the results are way worse than the cops overusing tear gas.


I think Sawant and other city council members that initiated CHOP’s formation then did nothing but spin the truth when it went wildly off the rails and ended in violence should also resign. Teenagers died and a neighborhood was terrorized by warlords, paramilitary groups and meth head anarchists for three weeks because of them. There heads should roll in addition to Durkan’s.


"These districts represent hundreds of local Democratic voters across Seattle from the South End to the University District and everything in between."



@11 -- I'm with you. Nothing she has done rises to the level of impeachment (unlike the last mayor).

The only reason she should resign is if she can't do her job. This is a possibility, given the hostility between the council and the mayor (so much for "Seattle nice"). But again, that is nothing unusual (it is common in other cities). When it comes to most issues (e. g. the West Seattle bridge) it seems like the council and the mayor are working together, even if they aren't on the same page. The only exception is police funding. The two groups are at loggerheads. But that should work itself out over time.

I'm not fan of the mayor, but at this point, see no reason why she shouldn't finish out her term. It is highly likely I'll vote for someone else (hopefully González). Unless, of course, it is like last time, and someone completely unqualified is running against her. Even then, I'm not sure what I would do, since I've lost all confidence in Durkan.


Those local "Democrats"?

Sawant calls them her useful idiots.


@22 The 37th LD alone has more than 500 dues-paying members.


Why do people call for elected officials to resign? People do it all the time. But can anyone recall any ever actually resigning in response to such demands? Appointed officials, yes. But elected officials? So it's basically grandstanding. If you want to get rid of an elected official start a petition for a recall election or work to defeat them in the next election.


Where is the list of 36th district democrats who signed onto this - is it public?


Lifelong dem here and Durkan should not be recalled. Maybe Council members should get to work on something productive. Oh that’s right - there are no major issues affecting the city. My bad.

herbold, savant, and all the others will be able to run in an election for mayor soon enough. Their grandstanding and virtue signaling is so tiresome.

Maybe the can pass a resolution opposing Covid-19?


I'm not a big Durkan fan, but I daresay Sawant has been using Durkan as a scapegoat more than the other way around. And the entire council, especially Herbold and Gonzalez, have done this. There's what to criticize in Durkan's administration of the city and in her response to the CHAZ/CHOP, but SCC members should look in a mirror long and hard before broaching impeachment proceedings against, or supporting a recall of, Durkan. And I think many Seattleites think so, too, no matter what some Democratic district council recommends.


Why would she resign? She's done a decent job. It's not her job to stick up for protesters nor succumb to the cries to defund the police, again from a minority of citizens of the city. She supports the needs of the many, not the few. Protesters need to get over themselves.


So, a group of Democrats -- who are really Socialist Alternative operatives, and therefore speaking under strict orders from the Executive Committee of Socialist Alternative -- got real pissy when their connection to CM Sawant was noted? Thank you for confirming their voices are not in any way independent.

The rest of us will continue to ignore them.


I'm out of Seattle City Council / mayoral / King County voting jurisdiction, but nonetheless did my civic duty by casting my mail in ballot today. Everyone vote in the Primary Election by August 4, 2020.

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The mayor should be kept but chastened not for being heavy handed but for not doing enough to stop the mobs, who have sadly returned to destruction and putting lives at risk with arson attempts over the weekend. There are people living and working in these torched buildings. Tear gas is fine by me at this point and arrests without immediate release to help restore sanity and safety.