If Darcy Burner has a muse, perhaps it's her 3-year-old son, Henry.
Uncle Francis let him stay up late to watch Mom debate Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert in Bellevue, in what is becoming an increasingly contentious race in the 8th Congressional District.
Henry was still up when Mom and Dad got home. "Who won?" he asked. "I did," Mom said.
"Good," he said. To Henry, that apparently meant the days and nights of Mom off running for Congress were over. He wondered whether tomorrow was a stay-at-home day.
Not quite yet, Mom said. To which Henry replied: "OK. Go beat Dave Reichert."
Henry, it seems, has been paying attention.
Just how much Henry's encouragement of his Democratic mom might change the nation's course will have to wait until after Election Day. The 8th District is a key battleground in Republicans' efforts to keep control of Congress and Democrats' efforts to wrest it from them.
For sure, it's concern for Henry's future that has the 35-year-old Burner, of rural Carnation, running for Congress. She talks about him, and perhaps for him, in one-on-one conversations and in political speeches. Like other Democrats across the nation, Burner is hammering away at President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq and the lack of oversight of Bush's policies by the Republican-controlled Congress.
Those themes helped rally the Democratic faithful at a massive rally Thursday at Bellevue Community College.
It was the first political rally for Helen Bergerson, of Kirkland, a Democrat who has lived on the Eastside for nearly 30 years.
She's sensing a change in mood among her friends, even the ones in the political middle. The war is weighing heavily on their minds, she said.
Every day holds fear for those with a family fighting in Iraq, she said.
"It's time for a change," Bergerson said. "We are in desperate times."
Monday, October 30, 2006
"Darcy Burner hopes her life story will appeal to voters"
A long story in the King County Journal: