In what can be described as a totally predicable development, Governor Christine Gregoire has endorsed mayoral candidate Joe Mallahan. After all, she helped negotiate the deal with erstwhile local elected officials for the deep-bore tunnel downtown—which Mallahan supports—but challenger Mike McGinn opposes. For Gregoire's tunnel vision to reach fruition, Mallahan would probably have to win.

“We took enormous steps in the last legislative session to invest in building a transportation system that will create thousands of new Seattle jobs, and help us emerge stronger from this recession” Gregoire said in a statement released by the Mallahan camp. “What we did was truly monumental—not just for Seattle, but for Washington’s economic future as a whole. Joe understands the importance of this investment and the need to turn those dollars into jobs now.”