September 26, 2005
Our Kind Of Democrat
....is incumbent maverick Bob Ferguson, who in what must certainly still be termed preliminary King County results, currently has 1,070 more votes than his party hack opponent in the Sept. 20 Democratic primary, which decides this contest. Ferguson's is a widened lead from yesterday. But it's early yet. This IS King County. And only 100 percent of precincts have been counted. (Source: King County election results page, last updated - as of this writing - at 4:10 p.m. today).
But if Ferguson's lead holds, that's another huge blow he's delivered to the city's Democratic machinery (the first was his successful challenge to council chair Cynthia Sullivan). Here's a Seattle Democrat who takes issues one at a time, and whom Ron Sims' and Larry Phillips' political foot soldiers moved earth to defeat. The Seattle-ite will be representing a primarily suburban council district, as well. More in "A Ferguson Win Could Weaken Democrats on King County Council," by Neil Modie, in today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Posted by Matt Rosenberg at September 26, 2005
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Just because he's got more votes after they've all been counted does not mean he's going to win. King County is the NO of the NW.
Ferguson's 'loss' might be a bigger blow to the city's Democratic machine than his win, since it could expose the corruption.
Of course, that assumes that the corruption exists. Oh, yeah.
I saw the debate between him and Edmonds and King5, and while I don't live in King County, I read up a little ... and man, this guy is wonderful compared to Edmonds. She is just another Democratic Party hack; a nasty, shrill, woman who doesn't care about issues as much as power. He's seems to be a pretty humble guy who wants to do thing he thinks will help people.
He's the kind of liberal I actually like.
3. Wow---I was worried about him getting the shaft on this. I was sure they would 'find votes' to get rid of him with.
Ferguson might be good for his district, although the Republican could be better, but this district is primarily Democrat. This means there are alot of knee-jerk, partially brain dead apathetic voters who primarily believe D- good, R- bad, as conditioned by the MSM and their piers and cronies to vote the party line.
It will take nothing short of a crisis to change their voting habits, so that they learn to vote for the person rather than the party (what a unique concept ) - a sad commentary about those and a majority of Seattle residents who think they are so sophisticated that can only vote for a Democrat. If they could only see the reality and realize how clueless they really are !
5. ...of course, it's true that he voted for the hated CAO, so I don't want to drool over him THAT much....
Lets not go overboard here. Yes Bob is a world of difference from Carolyn Edmonds but we are re-arraigning deck chairs on the Titanic. Bob’s voting record is not that different from Carolyn and if he really was someone who could be the catalyst for change at King County then why is he not doing it now? Simple answer… Larry Phillips and Larry Gossett have the power on the County Council. They have rendered Bob ineffective (just look no further then the fiasco over the Veterans Levy a couple weeks ago).
Of course the PI loves the guy because he is a liberal like they are. However he and Patterson, if they so desired, had the ability to side with the Republicans to change things and they have not.
There is only one real way to get change at King County. Change the balance of power on the King County Council. Because redistricting pulled Kenmore, Bothell, and half of Woodinville into this district there are more than enough votes in a low turnout election like this one to get our Republican elected. Do that and you don’t have to pander to the other party in hopes they will have mercy on us, you have control and they are the ones that have to come hat in hand when they want something.
Want true election reform? Elect Steven Pyeatt
Want the CAO repealed? Elect Steven Pyeatt
Want to stop the fiscal mismanagement of King County? Elect Steven Pyeatt
Want the majority of King County represented by the majority of the council?
Elect Steven Pyeatt!!!!!!
He has the support of the party and all the Republicans on the King County Council. He will be the true catalyst for change and we will not have to beg the Seattle Democrats for table scraps like we do now.
7. Ah HAH! looks like the Democratic machine finnally got results that they can't so easily fudge with what a surprize!! I only hope Steve Pyeat is that successful!!
8. Buah-hah-ha! Skor marked the "Democratic" oval on his ballot, and voted for Bob Ferguson, just to thwart the ruling county D's.
Also, he did it about 1,000 times.
9. Hey Skor, you've learned how to vote Chicago style?
I am not saying I would vote for the guy. I am just saying I think he's a decent guy, who has good motives -- even, probably, shares many of my motives, just wants to accomplish them through different means -- which is a nice change from most of the Democratic politicians in King County.
Yes, there isn't a huge difference in voting records, but that's life.
11. Skor, your 1000 votes are a lot more easier to accomplish than the 1000 votes that were got during the movie vote on Gangs of New York.
12. congratulations to sound politics! this is the first post, i recall, which praises a democrat. in an era when partisan-blinders seemingly prevent either side from acknowledging positive qualities/candidates on the other side and from openly discussing the negative qualities of their own side, it is refreshing to see this post!
13. Actually, my kind of Democrat is Zell Miller or Brian Sonntag, or Tim Sheldon
14. Dinesh -- I've also praised Ferguson in other posts. And I've commended some of the Democrats in the legislature and even endorsed one over a Republican challenger last fall.
Glad he won over Ms. Edmonds who was the tip of the spear on the Tent City fiasco, along with her buddy "King Ron" Sims. Good riddance. Ferguson is NOT the favorite of Council Chair Larry Phillips, which puts him in a swing vote position for committee assignments with the GOP.
I hope he retains an independent posture and represents his district and its citizens as opposed to those in the KC Admin building. He is a bright guy who works harder at doorbelling than any candidate I've seen in the last dozen+ years.
Funny that the SP folks would be cheerleading for Bob Ferguson, given the fact Ferguson was a die-hard monorail supporter up until the bitter end.
When Ferguson started his last campaign, he had few official endorsements, but two of the most prominent were SMA boardmembers Cleve Stockmeyer and Cindi Laws. Literally, within hours of the $11 billion monorail figure coming out, all the pro-monorail crud disappeared from his website - the Cindi Laws endorsement completely gone, and Cleve Stockmeyer's title suddenly changed from "monorail boardmember" to "Democratic PCO"
Fact is, Ferguson will tell anybody what they want to hear, and position himself to follow the blowing winds. The suckaz at SP seem to be just as clueless as the rest. If Sims was riding a wave of popularity, and the SP conspiracy theory crazies were holding their fire, you think Ferguson would be playing "man of the people" for you kids?
He was simply mining for votes, guys. His issue du jour will change in a year or two, guaranteed. Funny you peeps fell for it.
From Ferguson's first campaign kickoff speech:
"Monorail... I voted for it. I voted for it because I believe this community has to create alternative means of transportation. "
You're right BenjaminS, it is funny. You and I both know that there isn't a dem worth a pinch~o~pee so I have to wonder why these guys would (apparently) be his booster.
I gotta feeeeeling it will all come clear soon....