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Mike McGinn is rich!
Yesterday PubliCola reported that Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has canceled two reelection fundraisers in recent months and has only $7,000 in

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Five Things Mayor McGinn Can Do with His 'Tiny Sum' of $7,000

Mike McGinn mug.jpg
Mike McGinn is rich!
Yesterday PubliCola reported that Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has canceled two reelection fundraisers in recent months and has only $7,000 in the bank to help pay for his presumed 2013 reelection bid. As the post noted, that's a "tiny sum for an incumbent mayor facing a tough reelection battle in 2013."

Never fear, though, McGinn tells PubliCola he still plans on running in 2013:

Based on the fact that he hasn't been raising any money, we asked McGinn last week whether he plans to run again. His (somewhat cryptic) response: "All signs point to yes."

Well, gee ... that's not exactly reassuring stuff. I guess whatever happens, the good news for McGinn is he has $7,000 in the bank. That's better than not having $7,000 in the bank, after all. I can vouch for that.

Here are a few things he might want to consider spending it on ...

Seattle Great Wheel Rides for Everyone

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Kids and families love things like giant-ass Ferris wheels. It's scientifically proven. That's why the Seattle Great Wheel, which recently opened on Pier 57, was such a good idea. Seeing as McGinn's approval rating isn't exactly sky-high, and there are factions of the community the bicycling mayor has yet to really connect with, a complimentary ride on the Great Wheel might go a long way toward earning McGinn some new fans. Lord knows he could use 'em. The only trouble is, with tickets running $13 for adults and $8.50 for kids, McGinn's $7,000 probably won't go far enough.

Our list of five things Mayor McGinn can do with his $7,000 continues on the following page ...

Seven T-Shirts for Anne Romney

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Here on The Daily Weekly, we've already discussed Anne Romney's expensive taste in clothes. She buys t-shirts that cost $1,000. While that may seem like a ghastly amount to pay for an article of clothing to you and me (especially for a t-shirt that's kind of fugly), average, run-of-the-mill schmucks like us will never truly understand the lives of the incredibly wealthy. It's the sad truth. The good news is McGinn is in our boat. With only $7,000 in the bank for his presumed re-election effort, as noted "a tiny sum," in many ways McGinn is the everyman. He's broke too. He's certainly not going to buy many votes, at least at this rate. Instead, he could buy seven t-shirts for Anne Romney. Or maybe six t-shirts, plus tax.

Our list of five things Mayor McGinn can do with his $7,000 continues on the following page ...

The Nicest Beard Trimmers Available

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Quite simply, maintaining a well-kept, Mayoral Beard ain't easy. It takes effort, and attention to detail. And you certainly can't do it with a pair of craptastic clippers you picked up for cheap at Freddy's. It's just not going to happen. No, those serious about beard maintenance need the best clippers money can buy. And with a cool $7,000 in the bank, you'd figure that's at least one bill McGinn can afford.

Our list of five things Mayor McGinn can do with his $7,000 continues on the following page ...

Invest with Chris Hansen

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McGinn and would-be NBA owner and arena-erecter Chris Hansen are already all, like, BFF. And Hansen's got a pretty good track record when it comes to making money. If he moves quickly, perhaps McGinn could invest his $7,000 with Hansen and the San Francisco-based hedge fund manager could, say, double it by the time the 2013 election season rolls around. Then McGinn would have, like, $14,000. That's a Kia! A nice Kia! But that move isn't without its risks. As the naysayers will surely note, there's no Initiative 91 requiring a fair return on McGinn's investment.

Our list of five things Mayor McGinn can do with his $7,000 continues on the following page ...

Seattle Times Subscriptions

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A while back there was a small flap over the fact McGinn's wife, Peg Lynch, apparently canceled the family's subscription to the Seattle Times because she was tired of the negativity the paper has shown to her husband. As The Stranger's Eli Sanders noted in May, Lynch canceled the subscription over a year ago, after the publication of a story about McGinn getting his her bike stolen from City Hall, which she told Sanders was full of "bullying, cruel remarks," taken from anonymous Seattle Times commenters. While McGinn's spokesman, Aaron Pickus, told Sanders that the mayor's office still has several subscriptions to the Times, and that the mayor regularly reads the paper, the cancelation inspired Seattle Times Executive Editor David Boardman to poke fun at McGinn via Twitter, saying "What kind of mayor cancels his subscription to his city's daily newspaper? Our mayor. Thin skin, @mayormcginn?" Boardman told Sanders he'd heard McGinn chuckling about the cancellation on the radio ... it wasn't like he was told of it, or went looking for it. To make things right, my guess is $7,000 would buy a lot of Seattle Times subscriptions. At least a lot of weekend subscriptions.

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