We’re sure you don’t need to be reminded of the Seattle Head Tax disaster which caused Amazon to halt development in Seattle and begin their look elsewhere for HQ2. After originally selecting Queens, NY for their second headquarters, they quickly changed their minds when they learned the local politicians in their new home were just as crazy as the ones in Seattle.
Soon Amazon was starting to warm up to Bellevue, the business and family friendly city just across the lake. In fact, they recently submitted a permit to continue their Bellevue growth.
So, we were shocked when we read that the Seattle Times editorial board endorsed Jeremy Barksdale, the far-left liberal board member of Fuse Washington for city council. Especially since they described his opponent, Stephanie Walter, as “deeply versed in land-use policy and has well-earned endorsements from affordable-housing supporters.”
When describing Barksdale’s history on the Fuse board they said, “This warrants some concern about the role special interests will play in his governmental decisions.” No kidding, huh? They also said, “Barksdale has been occasionally reticent to delve into specifics of his agenda before constituent groups…” Perhaps because his positions on the issues won’t square with Bellevue’s values of being, not to be too broad but, not crazy.
If Bellevue wants to continue to be the shining city across the lake, they’d do well to keep the Seattle activist class off their city council.
For anyone who needs a reminder, Fuse is a Seattle-based child of the Progress Alliance of Washington which we’ve covered extensively in the past. Their goal is to blindly push liberal theology, no matter the cost, while cutting down anyone who doesn’t agree with them. It’s very troubling that the Times would endorse an individual who helps guide those efforts.
For all the complaining the Seattle Times editorial does about the Seattle City Council, this endorsement is shocking.
Or maybe it’s not so shocking. After all, if the editorial board can do their part to drive Bellevue into the same chaos as Seattle, they’ll sell more papers covering another dumpster fire. Perhaps this endorsement is just self-preservation.
For Bellevue’s sake, ignore their endorsement of Barksdale — the ed board has gone mad.