It's hardly a newsflash that Pete Holmes and Tom Carr don't like each other, but they did provide us with a remarkably accusation-filled debate on KUOW this afternoon. After their opening statements (Tom Carr inadvertently evoked The Big Lebowski by repeatedly using the term "achievement"), they each accused the other of distorting or misreporting the facts on pretty much every subsequent statement.
The Cliff Notes:
Public records access: Carr says the city's doing well, Holmes says it's doing poorly
The since-repealed car impound law: Carr says he did his best with what he inherited and that the record is misunderstood, Holmes says Carr stubbornly enforced a de facto discriminatory policy that led Seattle to lose a big legal judgment
Marijuana policy: Carr claims marijuana cases are already a low priority for his office, Holmes repeats his own support for decriminalization
Operation Sobering Thought: Carr calls it a success because it scared club owners, Holmes notes that it didn't result in any convictions, then they fight some more about who's being naive.
If you plan on voting, it's worth a listen. And now, just for fun, a few excerpts of Carr and Holmes on each other (and each other's claims):
Carr on Holmes and his arguments:
"Perfect example of the way Pete wants to politicize the office."
"So many misstatements."
"You really should check your facts before you accuse me of getting them wrong, Peter."
Holmes on Carr and his arguments:
"That's a total red herring."
"The city attorney was the single largest impediment to getting information out [to the public on police officer misconduct cases]"
"Calling me politicizing the event is amazing...astonishing"
"I cannot believe you continue to cite that"
If this were the early 19th century, the affair might end in a real duel. Like this: