Mayor-elect Mike McGinn is spending his victory night the same way he spent many nights of his campaign: at his Southeast Seattle campaign headquarters in a room full of volunteers, surrounded by phones and empty pizza boxes. “It looks like a phone bank night,” McGinn says."Mallahan not the only loser; power structure defeated, too" (Chris Grygiel-Strange Bedfellows):McGinn hasn’t named members of his transition team yet, but, he says, “We are talking to poeple who have been involved in campaigns and city government."
That noise you heard Monday night in Seattle was the collective wailing of the city's big shots as they came to grips with the fact that Mike McGinn will be the next mayor.Howie P.S.: Chris Grygiel looks back over the campaign for Seattle mayor and selects this moment as "the most significant showdown":
They are on the outside looking in. They backed the wrong guy.
Politics is built around IOUs and McGinn's debt is to his corps of volunteers, not to the business, labor and political elite that supported his opponent, Joe Mallahan.Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, a big proponent of the viaduct tunnel, said in an interview that "the central priority for a lot of folks is to build the relationship between Seattle, King County, our region and our state. It's time to move forward. We have to not get consumed by just the tunnel issue or one issue. Everybody has to come to the table."
As of Monday, there's new person who has a prominent seat.
McGinn and Mallahan debated on KING5. McGinn addressed his viaduct tunnel position change directly and seemed to catch Mallahan off guard, making the issue about cost overruns on the project and whether Seattle would have to pay for them. McGinn's aggressive performance that night was viewed as superior to Mallahan's showing.