Since most of the cheering has died down over the Seattle City Council’s passing – to avoid offending the labor unions that threaten their re-election chances – the nation’s highest minimum wage law, Mayor Ed Murray decided he deserved a victory lap over his role in caving in to Socialist City Council member Kshama Sawant on the minimum wage issue.
Murray’s victory lap involved stepping all over the Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s leader, Maud Daudon, suggesting she is not “smart.”
As reported by Publicola, it’s only business leaders who agreed to whatever Murray and the labor unions demanded in “negotiations” who deserved the “smart” label, as opposed to Daudon, who said in an email to Chamber members that “we believe that the legislation passed today by the Seattle City Council does not fully reflect the final compromise proposal.”
From Murray’s perspective, he was “‘probably most frustrated with business toward the end’ of the bargaining process, but that ‘smart business people wanted to make it happen’ and ultimately did.”
Evidently insults are the main benefit that Daudon and the Chamber receive for supporting Murray’s election with a healthy independent expenditure during last year’s campaign and then serving on his Income Inequality Advisory Committee that one other member described as a “charade.”