Exec candidate also talks about the budget and why she won't discuss social issues--Judging from the frequency and the ferocity of the attacks against Susan Hutchison, you'd think she was a long-time elected official.Howie P.S.: Susie is pretty slick. She sounds like a cross between Tim Hill and Barack Obama here. Steve Zemke takes a look at Hutchison's political contributions over the last few years and finds a distinctly partisan trend. Another local election, another story: "Nickels is down, but his opponents aren't moving up" (Joel Connelly).
She's not. The former television broadcaster has never held public office, but now finds herself the frontrunner in the King County executive's race. Her four main opponents -- all elected Democrats who have served in government for years -- have slammed her, saying she's a stealth conservative candidate in a liberal county and that she has too often ducked a serious debate of the issues.
Hutchison, who does have Republican ties, dismisses such criticism as a smokescreen designed to obscure the problems the incumbents have created. She recently sat down with seattlepi.com to discuss the county's budget problems, why she avoids talking about divisive social issues like abortion and why she'll most likely vote against Tim Eyman's latest government spending initiative. What follows is an edited transcript of the interview.Thank you for your time.