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Thursday, November 17, 2005

McDermott?

Growing up in Seattle I have been aware of Jim McDermott for a long time. He at one time was my political hero. In the 1980's he seemed to be the only honest politician around. He was intelligent, compassionate, and very progressive. He quit politics to go work on the Aids crisis in Africa. Pretty much an excellent human and politician.

But blast forward to 2005. I have been involved in local politics for 10 years now. I'm in no sense a large political player, but I know my fair share of elected leaders, and work when I can to support their campaigns. In the process I have gotten to know many of the progressive politicians who want the support of the music community - from city council members to US Senators. But never in all this time have I met or heard from McDermott. I live in his district, am politically active, and yet I couldn't tell you much about what he does or has done in the last 15 years plus he has been in office. But I have been thinking about Jim's seat. Seattle is one of the most liberal cities in the world. For the democrats, the 7th congressional district is a 'safe seat'. So it seems to me we should have someone incredibly active, vocal and visible in that seat passing bills and blocking the crazy right wing shit coming out of the radical right in the US Congress. And we should see a lot of benefits from a senior member of the house coming back to Seattle. But I don't really see that from McDermott. Yes, when he speaks, he says great things. And I personally think he is a decent human. But shouldn't we have someone vital in that seat. And also use it to groom the next governor or US Senator? Shouldn't the person in that seat help elect other progressives in Seattle? And take some stands on important local issues? What was the last bill McDermott passed? What was the last one he blocked. Shouldn't we be judging our politicians on their effectiveness, not just their words?

As we come up on another year where McDermott will run unopposed, should progressive candidates in Seattle consider running against him? I would love to see a young, bold progressive challenge Jim. The worst that could happen is that Jim has a fire lit under his ass. Or, the challenger could win, putting someone in the House who will really make things happen for the left and Seattle. Isn't it time Seattle is on the political map for having a maverick Representative who is in a 'safe seat'? I think it is time we start considering this. Would love to know what other people think.

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