After skipping the primary and then briefly flirting with a write-in campaign, Ed Murray won't be competing against Mike McGinn and Joe Mallahan for the spot of Seattle mayor. Though he says he disapproves of their "selfish" campaigns. Explains his statement:
"I considered a write in campaign because I was concerned that one candidate wanted to reopen a fight with the state when we need to work together. The other candidate who seeks to become our civic leader has failed to engage in civic activities including on the most basic level, voting, something Americans in the south have died for in our lifetime.
I considered running because I believe Seattle is greater than the selfish conversation in the Mayor's race. Missing are issues and leadership on social justice. Issues of poverty and civil rights. This campaign to date has been about one bridge and one neighborhood. Issues such as our schools, neighborhoods and diversity are missing from this debate."
Which may or may not be fair critiques, but they ring a little off from a guy looking to get in at the last minute and who, while rightly noted as a leader on civil rights, just last session engaged in the pettiness of attempting to punish WSU football boosters (who angered Murray by pettily opposing King County's attempts to get the legislature to allow it to raise more money for stadiums and the arts) with a punitive (and poorly designed) budget amendment that really would have just hit small-budget sports like tennis and soccer.