If the disasters of CHOP/CHAZ zones last summer, defunding the police, and anti-business policies weren’t enough in Seattle, now the special interests behind Washington Democrats are pushing to take over the town of SeaTac, and turn it into their next liberal, socialist petri-dish experiment.
Seattle Times reporter, David Beekman, whose liberal bias and desire to parrot Democrat talking points is always obvious, used the front page of the paper to praise the recent election of three so-called “progressive” candidates to the SeaTac City Council. Framing the election as some kind of community activist revolution, where regular people take on those nasty big business politicians, Beekman attempts to play down the outside influence and liberal money in the election. Not supporting the progressive candidates? According to Beekman, blinded by liberal blinkers, you must be a racist.
The entire article is an attempt to gloss over the fact that Democrats effectively bought the election with big union money, which is not exactly a new story.
Jake Simpson, Mohamed Egal and Iris Guzmán won their respective elections handily given the massive Democrat Party involvement, imported hordes of volunteers, and union dollars.
The spending was so one sided that the progressive, union-funded candidates spent on average six times the amount their opponents did, and in one case close to 10 times as much money. Progressive Union organizer Jake Simpson spent $38,000, against only $6,000 spent by his opponent, Stan Tombs. Guzmán, a public union employee, was the leading recipient of special interest cash at $44,000, allowing her to far outpace her opponent, Pam Fernald (who mustered $7,500). The most lopsided of the three races featured self-proclaimed police reformer (Democrat-speak for “defund the police”) Mohamed Egal, who took $32,000 from his union benefactors, compared to Clyde (Fuzz) Hill who spent so little that the campaign spending didn’t need to be recorded. Incidentally, only 11 of Egal’s 131 donors (and 10% of the donations) came from SeaTac, the vast majority of the donations were from, you’ve guessed it, Seattle.
Of course, the Democrats’ favorite go-to funding favorite, the Washington Education Association, gave heartly to all three progressive candidates, because local city council races matter so much to unionized teachers.
The one-sided races, however, seemed completely fair to Beekman. When describing the Working Families Party (WFP) that helped the “progressive” candidates in their elections, Beekman wrote that the “WFP is a national group with a progressive bent“, when the reality is, WFP is a Marxist organization that defines on its website the goal to spend trillions of dollars every year on a bigger-government spending plans. Incidentally, another WFP favorite was failed Seattle Mayoral candidate Lorena González, so you can further figure out where WFP’s priorities lie (even if Beekman could not do so).
This was no David versus Goliath story as Beekman would like you to believe. Egal, Simpson and Guzmán were endorsed by Democratic Party groups and politicians like Democrat U.S. Rep. Adam Smith and Democrat State
Representative (and ousted SeaTac Mayor) Mia Gregerson. Supporters like WFP and One America, the far-Left immigrant rights organization, dispatched volunteer canvassers and the Democrat party called in their sugar daddy union friends to provide the slush funds.
If there ever was an example of how to buy an election, the Democrats just brazenly showed everyone how, though that perspective eluded the so-called “reporter” Beekman.
The three incumbents removed from office by the Democrat election buy had spent the last few years getting the city of SeaTac back on track after the last time Democrats used the city for experiments with the $15 minimum wage, which of course Seattle eventually adopted. The incumbents turned away from national labor union priorities to things like building sidewalks, upgrading soccer fields, keeping taxes low, the kind of things that city councils typically do.
Now it seems the new councilmembers will be trying out all the Democrats’ latest hairbrained public policy ideas. As Simpson said – “we have to do socialism in SeaTac or something”. Public criticism will likely be light, as liberal writers like Beekman will just yell racism if you try to call out a bad Democrat/Socialist idea.
Let’s hope the voters in SeaTac wise up to what the Democrats are doing to their city when they next have the chance in two years.
Otherwise, SeaTac will be the next Seattle, but version 2.0.