Drinking Beer With Political Victors and a Cheery Norman Sigler

Robert Rosencrantz, Candidate for City Council
Most of the losers from last Tuesday went quietly underground for a few days. Understandably, they need some time to lick their wounds before choosing a campaign to get behind before the November general election. So most of the people drinking beer and munching on banh mi and mini cheesecakes and tarts in the plaza of Thornton Place last night--a new apartment complex with shopping and a movie theater across from Northgate Mall--were winners. Mayoral hopeful Mike McGinn chatted up potential supporters, along with fellow tunnel-hater Mike O'Brien. O'Brien's competition for Richard McIver's city council seat, Robert Rosencrantz, got behind the keg and started pulling pints, which never hurts your electoral chances.

The gathering was hosted by "Seattle Politicos." A testament to the organizational power of Facebook, the Politicos is basically a collection of online "friends". Members include reporters, candidates, consultants, campaign volunteers and enthusiastic participants in democracy. Vulcan lobbyist Dan McGrady created the group, which now assembles semi-regularly for drinks, elbow-rubbing, and occasionally awkward encounters between competitors.

O'Brien and Rosencrantz weren't the only people there who will be facing off in November. City Attorney hopeful Pete Holmes and incumbent Tom Carr both showed up. Holmes only stuck around for a few minutes before heading off to a meeting of the 46th District Democrats to hunt for votes.

But the big talk last night wasn't opponents awkwardly mingling around each other, it was who the former mayoral supporters will back now. McGinn suspects it will come down to their position on the tunnel--Mallahan supports it, McGinn will try to stop it. Because of his support for public transit and former role with the Sierra Club, McGinn thinks he'll pull off the environmentalists.

The bigger question is the unions. Labor unions have actively supported the tunnel project, but also launched their own ad campaign against Joe Mallahan in the days before Tuesday's primary.

Peter Steinbrueck says he's still undecided. He arrived last night all smiles and thumbs up. He leaves for a one-year fellowship at Harvard on Monday but says he has no intention of simply bowing out of the political circus. He'll have an endorsement after he's had a chance to talk to both candidates he says (though he did put in an appearance at Mallahan's Fado party on Tuesday), but he's certainly glad Greg Nickels went down (Nickels conceded at 10 a.m. this morning.)

The only person to have a bad Tuesday and still show up for beers was Norman Sigler, wearing a name tag on which he'd written "2013". "I've got four years," he said.

Sigler isn't officially announcing who he'll support for mayor, though he said he's not supporting the candidate who will push this city into gridlock. But he did observe that it's only appropriate Nickels should be ousted in the primary after doing the same thing to Paul Schell eight years ago. "It's poetic."

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