McKenna lauds ‘high touch’ approach as he sends doorbellers into Edmonds neighborhoods Sunday

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling listens as State Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna addresses a dozen door-belling volunteers gathered at Marina Beach Park Sunday morning.

Washington State gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling both believe in the value of doorbelling to win an election. (Earling personally doorbelled 7,000 homes prior to winning the city’s mayoral race last November.) So it seemed only fitting that Earling was there at Edmonds’ Marina Beach Park Sunday morning to introduce McKenna to a dozen volunteers before they set out for Edmonds neighborhoods on his behalf Sunday.

“I think people are surprised when a gubernatorial campaign shows up at your doorstep,” McKenna said, calling it a “high-touch” approach. “They think a lot about radio, television advertising. I think they like that personal touch. And because our volunteers are from that area, from that neighborhood, they like hearing from their neighbors — people who are from Snohomish County or Edmonds,for example.”

As his volunteers doorbell statewide, McKenna said the main concern they hear from voters is “clearly jobs, the economy,” McKenna said. “We have a very high rate of unemployment in our state, we have super-high unemployment among our returning veterans, among young people, so that’s on everyone’s mind.”

In addition to giving a pre-doorbelling pep talk, McKenna also addressed a range of questions posed by those gathered, which included not only campaign volunteers but some members of the media and citizens.

The first question: How would the Republican McKenna work with the heavily Democratic Washington State Legislature? McKenna, currently the State Attorney General, noted that the Washington State Legislature has adopted 45 bills proposed by his office. “We’ve been able to build bipartisan coalitions around issues like domestic violence, human trafficking, protecting kids from sexual predators, around open accountable government, consumer protection, public safety,” McKenna said.

He noted that he also has support from a broad range of Democrats — calling themselves”Democrats for Rob” — that include State Auditor Brian Sonntag and Snohomish County Treasurer Kirk Sievers.

Addressing another question, McKenna said he will prioritize efforts to attract new businesses to Washington state, including trying to lure Boeing back to Seattle. But first, “we need to get off the top-10 list of the most expensive states in the country to do business. That means regulatory reform, L & I (Labor and Industries) reform, tax reform, that whole package.”

On the question of education reform, McKenna stressed his belief in higher pay for the strongest teachers, “recognizing that the biggest difference in a child’s success in school, according to all the research, is having a great teacher.” In addition, McKenna said he favors paying the best teachers more money “to work in our most challenging schools. What happens now is, they get some seniority and they move to schools that are easier.” It’s also critical to ensure that those teachers have strong school principals who spend a significant chunk of time working to help improve classroom instruction, and that principals have “the ability to staff their schools appropriately,” he said.

Wes Crane, a 36-year Edmonds resident who travels frequently on business through his research firm, Second Opinion, asked McKenna what can be done about Seattle-area traffic, which he described as “a nightmare,” noting he’d rather fly to Jacksonville, Fla. than drive to Federal Way.

“I don’t think we’ll completely ever eliminate congestion but we need to have a transportation package that addresses all the needs of our citizens,” McKenna responded, adding that if elected he will develop a transportation package focused on mobility for both individuals and freight, for citizens to consider. “You’ll get a chance to vote on it. It’s not going to be rammed down anybody’s throat,” he added.

He also acknowledged Edmonds’ particular transportation problem related to rail traffic cutting off waterfront access, and said he is committed to working with Edmonds officials to find a solution.


21 Replies to “McKenna lauds ‘high touch’ approach as he sends doorbellers into Edmonds neighborhoods Sunday”

  1. Mayor endorsing McKenna? Wondering more than ever if I should have voted for him. Inslee is a much better fit for Washington and Edmonds and will be more trustworthy.


  2. I encourage you to check the records of both candidates and make your determination from an objective point of view – not a partisan one; you can check out Inslee’s record at Both candidates are solid in specific areas – McKenna has strong bi-partisan support in WA state because of his record as AG. Our Mayor’s solid performance here in Edmonds stands on its own, regardless of whom he supports.


  3. Mike:

    I’m not sure where you get the idea that McKenna has strong Bi-partisan support. In fact, his choice to litigate the ACA against the will of most of the citizens of WA, the Governor and a majority of legislators, wasting tax payer’s money, was a partisan decision. McKenna does not have bi-partisan support.


  4. With regard to the the Mayor. He has made some good moves over the last few months that I have appreciated. However, I would never vote for him for an state or federal office. No offense to the Mayor, but, I just do not support that Republican platform on the following:

    (1) increasing taxes for the middle class while allowing the rich to hide their money;
    (2) civil rights issues. Republicans want small government except when it comes to my uterus (allowing me to decide whether I want to use birth control, have an abortion, etc.), my bed room (whether I want a gay marriage or a straight marriage or no marriage), and my religion (no, this is not a “Christian” nation). If they truly want small government, then they need to stay out of my personal life.
    (3) Allowing corporation to run the roost. Don’t get me wrong, I am a capitalist. I believe that I should make more money because I have more responsibility and put more at risk everyday at work than my secretary. However, anyone who has taken economics 101 in college (yes, even us engineers were required to take it), will tell you that capitalism without regulation will run a country into the ground. Why, because the motivation of the corporation is simply to make money without any other consideration. It doesn’t make corporations bad. But, it is the nature of the beast. It needs to have regulations.


  5. Priya:

    I have worked for two corporations for a total of 32 years. During that period of time I had working relationships with hundreds of other corporations. There are a few who operate as you’ve described, but the vast majority are very successful businesses who strive to contribute to the communities in which they operate and to our country.


  6. Ron:

    I’m glad you had that experience. And, I have worked for corporation where I have had similar experience. Let’s extend your logic:

    I have never had an accident before therefore, I will never have an accident in the future.

    See the problem. Plus, let me add the reason this whole recession started…the banking industry…as regulations were relaxed, the banking corporations went off the handle.

    As a Nuclear Engineer, I can also talk to you about how corporations , in the past dumped their waste.


  7. Please excuse my double negative up top. I should have said…”This is not a “Christian nation…” (Vs. No, this is not a “Christian” nation)


  8. Ron. Does MSNBC have a similarly extensive track record of errors and misleading information? I honestly have no idea, but I tend to doubt it. If I learn that a particular news source is spoiled by bias and errors, I avoid it except for a laugh.

    I don’t have a particular source for news and information. I get my news from any source available on the internet both domestically and foreign. I avoid television news. I find the tv news too focused on pop culture, lacking detail, and belabored by commercials. MSNBC, CNN, and FOX are loaded with opinion pieces. These pieces are put there to attract the attention of the target audience thereby generating revenue. This is not news. Unfortunately, this blends right in with what they are presenting as the actual news. More pop headlines and heavily edited soundbites.

    BTW Ron, has it ever occurred to you that the public/union employees are the ones being paid appropriately? How many Americans are keeping up with the cost of living these days? Aren’t these same American consumers supposedly the engine of our economy?

    People are not mad at corporations and business. Although the way the media has covered things, it’s not surprising people feel that way. People are mad at the small percentage of people involved in those businesses. The individuals that have used their wealth to bend and distorted the laws to their advantage.

    We have been waiting for 30 years for trickle down. Meantime we sent our second parent to work, we ran up personal credit, we leveraged our homes. We are out of spending power now. It will be a very long and slow recovery at this rate.


  9. “Clinton just happened to be in office at the time and took credit for the ten year period of prosperity which ended before he left office in 2000 when the bust took place and the DOW crashed”.

    And George Bush just happened to be in office because of a Supreme Court ruling.

    He happened to invade Iraq under false premises, happened to squander the budget surplus left by Clinton – a direct result of the Iraq war, and just happened to be in office when the economy tanked because of a poorly regulated banking industry – Fox “News”, notwithstanding.

    And, corporation happen to be people, too.


  10. I just found out that Mr. McKenna’s Field Assistant, Ryan Price, has been checking out my LinkedIn Profile! SCORE! Obviously, I’ve annoyed the campaign enough to stalk me! You would think that they had better things to do they bother with little old me.


  11. Yes Ron, we saw the video. I agree that Frank did say ” it was Barney Franks who wanted to relax regulations to let more folks who could not afford houses buy one. They dropped first like flies as soon as the economy got soft and the housing bubble burst.”

    But that’s not what you said…:

    ” it was Barney Franks who wanted to relax regulations to let more folks who could not afford houses buy one. They dropped first like flies as soon as the economy got soft and the housing bubble burst.”

    Based on the evidence a hand, I disagree that the low income loans caused the crisis

    more sources linked here:

    “Only 6% of all the higher-priced loans were extended by CRA-covered lenders to lower-income borrowers or neighborhoods in their CRA assessment areas, the local geographies that are the primary focus for CRA evaluation purposes.”


  12. Sorry, my first quoted text from Franks should have been what he said: “The federal government should be encouraging fanny and Freddy to do more to get low income families into homes”


  13. Paul:

    I’m responding to the following comment from you:
    “BTW Ron, has it ever occurred to you that the public/union employees are the ones being paid appropriately? How many Americans are keeping up with the cost of living these days? Aren’t these same American consumers supposedly the engine of our economy?”

    You seem like an intelligent and knowledgeable person to me, so you must know that many businesses are operating in a world economy. To compete in that economy those companies must price their products and services competitively. In order to do that they obviously have to control their expenses. Often they have to move their manufacturing off shore because they cannot get those costs low enough here. Often that action allows them to remain in business and retain the other corporate functions (product development, marketing, sales, accounting, etc.) in the U.S.

    There are very few unionized industries in the U.S.,and even fewer, if any, unionized U.S.companies competing outside of the U.S. Boeing is one example, but now that they have formidable competition (Airbus) they’ve started moving to states were they don’t have to have unionized workers. Unions do not take into consideration an organizations ability to pay. Probably the last union thay did that was the UAW under Walter Reuther.

    Everybody would like to have higher compensation, but that desire, and the resulting demands for it, needs to be tempered by some realism. And, by the way, lower compensation paid to union workers will result in lower increases in inflation.


  14. Ron,

    I agree that many businesses are strapped for cash due to economic reality. I disagree that this is the case for all businesses. The stock market is up and profits are up for many US companies.

    Many very successful and profitable US businesses elect to pay employees as little and possible an direct profits in other directions. These businesses are surely aware that this is not adequate compensation to cover the living and health expenses of the workers. Who ends up covering those extra expenses? Unsustainable social services.

    It’s not as if everyone is in the same boat. Stagnant wages are not the case for everyone. Between 1979 and 2007 incomes of the top 1% of Americans grew by an average of 275%. Lately people are concerned about wealth redistribution. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to realize that it has happened right under their noses. History tells us that our nations wealth has already been redistributed over the past 30 years. History also shows us what led to that redistribution.

    I am not as willing to believe that the vast wealth of this nation is justifiably earned by such a small percentage of workers. There is no amount of physical or mental work that an individual can do to earn this level of disparity.

    How to we move forward? I don’t have all of the answers for that. Although a good start would be analysis and reconsideration of the financial mechanisms that led to this untenable situation. I am not suggesting that all companies just need to suddenly pay people more. None of this is going to happen overnight, but at the same time we will not get anywhere fast by tempering reasonable demands with “realism”.


  15. Wow! I took a break from commenting on MEN and just enjoyed the show.

    First, I can and will vouch for Paul (till my last breath), his intelligence, community service, conservationist beliefs and willingness to evaluate others thoughts/opinions without bias.

    So, I feel compelled to take a protectionist stance toward the comments made toward him and his posts. He and his wife are two of the most honorable people one could hope to ever meet.

    It would be easy to take a partisan side and continue the rhetoric. But, Paul (+ his wife’s) open mindedness remind me of the bigger isuue. As a shining city in a bowl, we’ve lost our way. We care so little about each other and our safety, we run stop signs because we believe our 1 second is more important than the safety of others. We tailgate others whom are already driving 3 miles an hour over the posted speed limits. We want people to be green, but abuse those that bicycle to the train or bus.

    It’s just a thought, but maybe if we started at the basics of being a true COMMUNITY, maybe there would be more combined efforts to address the issues folks seem to want argue and posture over.


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