The flashpoint in Seattle's mayoral race has switched from the Alaskan Way Viaduct tunnel replacement to Mayor Nickels' new gun ban on municipal property.
At Sunday night's KIRO-TV debate candidates Joe Mallahan and Mike McGinn clashed over robocalls McGinn's campaign is placing that accuse Mallahan of "siding with the NRA" because he doesn't fully support the gun ban.In his 2008 report, City Attorney Tom Carr said civil division attorneys provided more than 84,000 hours of legal service to the city, costing about $5.8 million. Carr said that worked out to be about $70 per hour - not bad at all for legal fees. But even at $70 an hour defending the gun ban will take money away from other areas at a time Seattle is facing a $72 million operating budget.
Mallahan would argue that $70 an hour could be better spent elsewhere. We'll see how many Seattle voters agree with him.
Monday, October 19, 2009
"Will gun ban debate backfire on McGinn?"
Chris Grygiel (seattlepi.com):