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Last night, the King County Council was supposed to replace Dow Constantine. And in typical Seattle fashion, the process of getting to a final vote was both long and carefully considered.
An advisory committee narrowed down the 11 applicants to four finalists--all with elected office experience. All four were brought in for half-hour long interviews. The council left open the option of appointing someone who would run for the seat on a permanent basis or a caretaker who promised not to. And after all that planning, consideration and process...
They decided to start over.
Sound familiar? Like replacing the Viaduct, fixing the Mercer Mess or expanding the 520 bridge, we Puget Sounders were once again all process, no results.
The allegedly non-partisan council is just too deeply divided on party lines. The four Republicans refused to allow the Dems to simply drop West Seattle liberal Joe McDermott in their midst. And the Dems refused to let the Republicans force them to accept Jan Drago as a caretaker (though she did get a 50 percent vote--all from Rs, but it's her best showing so far this year).
But it still took the council five hours to decide to do nothing. Some unfortunate souls sat in the gallery or watched a streaming feed online. But other interested parties began following the action on what has become the best place to get all your news: Twitter. West Seattle Blog was all over it: