Seattle City Council Member Tim Burgess yesterday on Slog:
"I'm sitting here with over 1,000 people listening to the President and remembering why I voted for this guy. He makes me so proud to be an American."
When Burgess was running for City Council in 2007 we asked him who he voted for president in 2004—Bush or Kerry?—and he refused to answer. Voting is private, Burgess lectured us, and how dare we even ask him such a question. We thought the question was relevant because Seattle went overwhelmingly for Kerry in 2004 and three years Burgess was asking Seattle voters to put him on the Seattle City Council. The gloating essay Burgess wrote for the Seattle Times after Bush was sworn in for his second disastrous term seemed to make it clear that Burgess voted for Bush. So why not just answer the question?
Seeing as Burgess—now safely on the city council (and no longer an opponent of marriage equality or a paid PR flack for rightwing hate groups)—is willing to talk about who he voted for in 2008, we figured that maybe Burgess was ready to talk about who he voted for in 2004. So we asked him again. Here's his response (sent via email):
I am very willing to discuss my involvement in campaigns where I am engaged as an advocate, volunteering, or giving money, as I was in the Obama campaign. I don't discuss my positions or voting on other matters, however.
Nice dodge there, Tim. But you didn't say, "I'm sitting here with over 1,000 people listening to the President and remembering why I advocated, volunteered, and gave money for this guy." You said you voted for the guy and you were proud to have done so. So who'd you vote for in 2004? And are you proud of that vote?
I think we know the answer to both those questions.