The Moderate Washingtonian

Outlook on politics and elections in the state of Washington from an overall centrist viewpoint. My views tend to be libertarian in nature, but at the same time are largely nonpartisan.

22 October 2006

McGavick wins Times endorsement

Both of Seattle's major newspapers issued US Senate endorsements today, with the Post-Intelligencer not surprisingly endorsing Sen. Maria Cantwell for reelection. The bigger story, however, is that the larger and more influential Times chose her opponent, Mike McGavick. Their reasoning:

Some see this election as a referendum on George W. Bush. If we did, we would be for a solid Democratic ticket. But like most Washington voters, we take our candidates one at a time. Mike McGavick is an unusual businessman-politician. He managed the multibillion-dollar turnaround of Safeco Corporation, sacrificing some jobs but saving many others. He showed a sense of social purpose in his stress on racial inclusion at Safeco. He knows politics, having worked for Sen. Slade Gorton. He has run a clean campaign.

In other news, the P-I formally endorsed Darcy Burner in the 8th district, also in contrast to the moderate Times.


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