Citing growing criticism and his hopes to defeat the measure, Mayor Mike McGinn will veto an aggressive-solicitation bill that the city council plans to vote on tomorrow, no matter how many council members vote for it.

“Regardless of the number of votes, I do intend to veto the bill,” McGinn says.

On Friday, it was widely reported that McGinn would only veto the bill if the vote was five-to-four. The mayor can veto any bill passed by the nine-member city council; however, the council then gets another chance to pass the bill and override the mayor’s objection (they need six votes to override a veto).

Requiring the council to vote again gives opponents a chance to erode support and try to defeat the bill. For example, former mayor Paul Schell vetoed a seven-to-one vote to repeal the Teen Dance Ordinance in 2000. While the council maintained a veto-proof majority, Schell did move one two of the votes to his side and the council could not override the veto (this sentence updated).

"I want to make my position clear, and if that allows for further public discussion of legislation perhaps one of the council members will reconsider their position," he says.

Six members of the council are expected to vote for the bill. Most notably, Mike O’Brien, who repeatedly said he opposed the bill when he ran for office last year, was expected to vote against the bill. But O’Brien now says he’s following the lead of bill sponsor, Council Member Tim Burgess.

Burgess has tried to use this legislation to demonstrate that he can unite City Hall and build consensus. Instead, the bill serves as evidence that Burgess—who misrepresented information in the bill—is becoming the most divisive politician at City Hall.

McGinn, in guaranteeing a veto, allows a growing progressive coalition to continue mounting a campaign against the bill. Four district democratic organizations (34th, 36th, 37th, and 46th District) have already passed resolutions against the measure. The 43rd District Democrats are expected to pass a similar resolution on Tuesday—if the bill passes—representing a solid block of opposition from virtually all the Democratic district groups in Seattle (the 11th District is partly in the city limits). Church groups, the ACLU, NAACP, several lawmakers, and the city’s human rights commission have also condemned the bill.

“People who have concerns have been very clear about what their concerns are,” McGinn says. “I don’t think it’s an appropriate piece of legislation."