Many in Seattle's business and labor establishment have embraced Mallahan — a candidate they're just getting to know — largely out of disdain for his rival Mike McGinn's opposition to the multibillion-dollar plan to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a deep-bore tunnel. For some prominent tunnel backers, however, Mallahan has become more or less the default choice in a mayor's race between two men who have never before run for public office.---Just before the August primary, Seattle power couple Judy and Jon Runstad gave $1,000 to a political-action committee whose sole purpose was to trash T-Mobile executive Joe Mallahan as unqualified to be mayor.Howie P.S.: Dominic Holden (SLOG) spins McGinn's decision as "Mallahan's New Line of Attack."
Even though the tunnel has emerged as the top issue for many Mallahan backers, Judy Runstad said she would not have actively supported just anyone who was pro-tunnel.
"If I had met him, and I had come away unimpressed ... I would have sat out the campaign. It is not just the tunnel. You have got to believe in the person."
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
"Many side with Mallahan over tunnel issue"
Jim Brunner (Seattle Times):