The mayoral candidates are having a field day attacking incumbent Greg Nickels and sitting council member Jan Drago (who is running in second in mayoral primary polls) along with Transportation Director Grace Crunican. Two so far have issued dramatic press releases in light of a Seattle Times investigation that turned up crosswalks and curbs that were being redone almost immediately due to shoddy work. Coming on the heels of a discrimination investigation, public opinion of SDOT and Crunican (appointed to her post by Nickels in 2002) is rapidly turning sour and the candidates are piling on.
In a written statement that really doesn't sound much like him, James Donaldson declared: "How much worse can it get in this city before people take up pitchforks and drive the monster from the castle?" He goes on to blame the problems on both Drago and Nickels.
Today, Joe Mallahan released a statement of his own.
"It is time for Grace Crunican to step down and if Mayor Nickels won't make it happen before his time is up, then I urge the City Council to take a no-confidence vote on the Transportation Department Director," Mallahan says in the release. "If I am elected mayor, there will be new leadership at SDOT."
Mallahan's statement isn't just a rant, it's doubling as number four on what his campaign is pitching as a week-long list of reasons Nickels has to take the train. It's meant to be a jab at Nickels for pushing Sound Transit as one of his political successes--as a West Seattle resident, the train doesn't do much for him commute-wise.
Number five was a strange allegation that Nickels can't ride his bike because the bike lanes are unkempt and were marked with toxic paint. When asked for information on where they got that information, Mallahan spokesperson Charla Neuman wrote back: "SDOT employees complained of it but have since asked not to be named. To my knowledge it was even done within the last year."
That seems like a strange point of attack (unless, like me, you're the kind of person that wipes out often and easily on a bike and might care what kind of paint your face is slamming into). But today's call for Crunican's resignation steers back to a more mainstream attack. Wonder what tomorrow will bring.