Last week, the Stranger — a far, far-Left weekly– published an article describing ongoing contract negotiations between the City of Seattle and its police union. Like those that occur between Jay Inslee and the state employee unions that give him big money, contract negotiations are supposed to be conducted in secret at the unions’ insistence.
No contract has been approved. The police union has not held a vote on contract changes.
Yet, details of the contract changes were leaked to the Stranger. In fact, the lefty publication even posted a summary of the contract on its website.
The leak left Seattle Mayor Ed Murray fuming. Murray commented:
“I’m shocked to learn that some who call themselves progressives in our city are willing to sacrifice the integrity of this process for a perceived political gain. I would expect this from the far right in Wisconsin, not the left in Seattle.”
But, Murray did not stop at his not-so-underhanded attempt to insult the people of Wisconsin. Murray also stated:
“The City is exploring several law enforcement options, including hiring an independent investigator to identify the responsible party and to determine compliance with City laws that require confidentiality in the collective bargaining process, as well as any potential criminal violations under state and federal law. The City is also in discussions about the investigation with the FBI.”
That’s right, Murray threatened to involve the FBI in the incident.
Ironically, Murray wants a wide variety of illegal things to be legal. He has pushed for allowing homeless individuals to legally get drunk or high in public without fear of arrest. And, he’s shown leniency to anarchists who throw Molotov cocktails and bite police officers. But, an issue of government transparency crosses the line for Murray.
Public intoxication and drug use, that’s perfectly fine — but heaven forbid secret contract negotiations involving taxpayer dollars see the light of day. For that, we call in the feds.
Jim Ricketts says
Seattle owns this guy, they have got to be proud?
I and the rest of the tourists in this world will start to think twice about even driving into the city.
Clay Fitzgerald says
I’ve made it a point to travel to or even through Seattle as little as possible. I moved out almost 36 years ago and, to paraphrase a well known song… I didn’t leave my heart in Seattle; it’s become an overwhelming loony bin!
Jim – I wish I knew how to get rid of this clown. I can say not all Washington people have the same ideologies as this ass hat.
I’m hoping people will realize this guy along with Kshama Suwant are tearing seattle apart. However I doubt it. Those people want socialism to be honest. The Seattle PD had been decimated and are afraid to do their job for fear of losing it. Now they have to go through this Radial and Social Justice initiative, ridiculous
Murray does let a lot of homeless people and drug dealers do whatever they want; things that regular citizens would never be allowed to do. He should think long and hard about that.
This guy is a bad joke. A pathetic caricature of a mayor. As he so correctly put it: He’s just making it up as he goes along. He makes McSchwinn look positively statesman-like.
Terry Melvin says
Lol he makes Paul Schell look like JFK in retrospect.
Do taxpayers in Seattle still pay the salary of someone who works to reduce accountability and drive up the cost of police services? the union president who performs no service for citizens, but only for the self-interest of the union (a private organization)? http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/you-pay-this-sergeants-salary/Content?oid=7560566
Terry Melvin says
So Ms. Murray wants to use the FBI to find the comtoversial “data leak”, eh? Maybe the Seattle public should use the FBI on the good mayor to investigate why he’s trying to destroy the city.
Really??? The rest of us did!!!! You elected a socialist for gods sake!!
I know there are still some sane folks in Seattle and King County they are just outnumbered by the looney bin. Unfortunately for Washington State they set the laws and elections for the rest of the state.
What Seattle wants Washington gets really sucks for the other 2/3 of the state.