The race we like to refer to as the (McDermott) Hunger Games just took another turn this week. But, this time around, it is not State Senator Pramila Jayapal who is benefitting.
The Seattle Times editorial board endorsed State Representative Brady Walkinshaw to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott. Via the Times:
“The Democrat has the capacity to be a progressive leader from one of the nation’s most left-leaning districts. He also has the temperament, pragmatic instincts and drive to squeeze legislation out of the gridlocked Congress.”
Interestingly enough, the Times editorial board also took the time to take a shot at Jayapal before wrapping-up its endorsement. The editorial board points out that Jayapal “raised the most money with the help of Bernie Sanders’ fundraising network” and warns that she is an “ideologically driven candidate” who would “likely would use the congressional seat from Seattle to mount national-issues campaigns.”
According to the Times, “After decades of Jim McDermott’s wandering interests, Seattle needs a locally focused representative.”
Only time will tell whose opinion Seattle voters in the 7th Congressional District will respect more: Socialist Bernie Sanders (who endorsed Jayapal) or the Seattle Times editorial board.
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