October 07, 2013
Times ed board reverses position on Bellevue council race
The Seattle Times ed board reversed course today on their primary endorsement of Bellevue city council challenger Steve Kasner. The Times is now backing incumbent councilmember Kevin Wallace, due to a fiery, partisan speech Kasner delivered to eastside Democrats. From the Times:
In Council Position No. 4, the Times is stepping back from its primary endorsement of Steve Kasner to support incumbent Kevin Wallace's bid for a second term.
Kasner has a solid resume of local experience, but a video of him making some divisive comments about his future colleagues suggest he might not be a force for unity.
Though Wallace has had his own videotaped bouts of intemperate behavior with council colleagues, he seems to have learned and changed his approach. Significantly, Wallace has recommendations from prominent Democrats and Republicans and deserves another chance to live up to his "outstanding" rating from the Municipal League. Kasner was rated "adequate."
The video the Times references captures Kasner saying he will be "part of the tsunami that is going to rain down on those that do not have Democratic values," and that Kevin Wallace "could care less whether we live or die on this side of the city." [Pet peeve: that should be "couldn't" care less.] He goes on to say another councilmember "doesn't care about us either" and calls some of his potential future colleagues "Neanderthals."
With Kasner's rhetorical style, he might be better off running in Stark County, Ohio.
Posted by Adam Faber at October 07, 2013
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1. And? What's your point?
2. Hopefully Wallace will be able to overcome the handicap of a Times endorsement. This is a setback that he can ill afford at the moment.
I seriously don't understand why conservatives and Republicans fall over themselves when the Times editorial board deigns to acknowledge them. The politically astute thing would be to publicly disavow their weasel-like praise. If Rob Mckenna had done this last election, he'd be in the governor's mansion right now.
Bellevue is moderate has more class than Seattle could imagine and a decent Republican can win there. I am with Wallace, although not sure how big of a deal this race will be when its all said and done.
Of more interest might be the Governor's race in Virginia or the Senate race in New Jersey. Both appear to be close.
...lol, the point is, demo kid (Andrew)--that Kasner doesn't sound very interested in doing good for Bellevue; rather it's very clear he's all about being a highly partisan candidate who only seems concerned about those who support the democrat party, not those who simply care about the city of Bellevue.
If I lived in Bellevue, I'd vote for Wallace in a heartbeat.
@4: rather it's very clear he's all about being a highly partisan candidate who only seems concerned about those who support the democrat party, not those who simply care about the city of Bellevue.
That's an indictment of partisanship, which is (funny enough) nonpartisan. Who cares? It's the same regardless of party.
@3: I am with Wallace, although not sure how big of a deal this race will be when its all said and done.
Exactly. What is the point? Adam's posting this because...?
"Exactly. What is the point? Adam's posting this because...?"
He's relieved someone other than The Next Great Republican Hope has been caught wallowing in wild-eyed, mouth-foaming rhetorical excess?
He's such an insider-wannabe he takes Times' endorsements seriously?
He wanted a huge challenge, and so set out to make Jim's whiny, fact-free rant against the Times look stupider than it already is?
Meanwhile, we could play, What Was The Times' Worst Endorsement Ever? I'm split between Linda Smith in 1996, and their subsequent demand Clinton resign over Monica.
I checked out Mr Kasner's web site. The home page was last updated in June, and says he was endorsed by the Times. I also looked at his experience. Check this page.
What has he done for work after 2007?
He mentions BCTI was his employer from 2002 to 2004 . I looked up BCTI in Google. Mr Kasner worked at BCTI at the time that they were doing some very bad stuff. Read Ripoff report to find out what was going on when he was Director of Instruction.
It would be interesting to know if Mr Kasner had any involvement in helping the people who filed the class action law suit against his former employer, or was he silent while probably possessing inside information?
9. Really Surprised?
As we all know the Seattle Times is just another agency controlled by the national media.
The DemocRAT's can do no wrong, which along with the extreme right, they all should be removed.
As we have seen with current events, it is all the tea baggers fault we are in shut down mode.
The media down plays the President and his party for not negotiating on health care, and other issues. This is okay?
And we still want to believe a specific group is not running the country and controlling what is in the news.
Tonight just for kicks start with Channel 4 national new and keep moving to the next national news. They all report the same, and what the controllers want us to hear!
As far as I am concerned we should through out the lot and start over!
I believe that all of DC needs an enema!
But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized -- at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do -- it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we're talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.
As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let's use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy and remind ourselves of all the ways that our hopes and dreams are bound together.