I just received my campaign postcard for Strom Peterson. A nice presentation with message. But wait, there’s much more. I see a politician from outside Edmonds standing next to Strom. Gosh it’s that Democratic Mayor (of a sort) from Seattle, Mike McGinn. Then I see other Democrats, some living in D.C., another not even living in Edmonds these past many years, endorsing him.
Well, whatever, except in this case it’s ‘ok’ to have outside (of Edmonds) endorsements for Stom, but for one candidate, Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, her opposing candidate’s handlers say this is wrong. Welcome to Edmonds’ campaign politics. However, I’ll assume the electorate is smart enough to see the duplicity and ignore those speaking on behalf of candidate Wambolt, who first presented the negative statements about “outside support”.
If this were an Edmonds standard for electability (that is, not outside-of-Edmonds support), then in the case of Peterson v. Rutledge, you have your winner and it’s Al Rutledge! Al is a true local citizen and presents no glossy, outside endorsements to ‘wow’ the local voters.
Ok, fellow citizens, we have three Council positions to fill. So what matters, and who then will we vote in? The local political handlers can’t have it both ways.