SEATTLE is in a funk. Businesses are struggling. Unemployment is too high. The city budget needs a trim. An urban center long admired because it worked so well has become a place that can't deliver basic services.Howie P.S. This endorsement would have more value if they hadn't diminished their credibility with their lame editorial endorsement of Susan Hutchison, rumored to have been dictated by its publisher. I suspect this endorsement will also please those who view Mallahan as a "tassle-shoed," cell phone exec-businessman type who is just an empty suit shilling for the status quo. The Northwest Asian Weekly has also announced their endorsement of Mallahan, along with Dow Constantine, Lloyd Hara (Port of Seattle), Rob Holland (Port of Seattle) and Betty Patu and Wilson Chin (dual endorsement-Seattle School Board).
Like many Seattle voters, the editorial board is concerned about Mallahan's sizable learning curve. But he is better suited to grow into the chief-executive post. Once he learns the complexities of the job, he and his team will lead Seattle to better circumstances.
Friday, October 23, 2009
"The Times recommends Joe Mallahan for mayor of Seattle"