Yesterday on The Daily Weekly I busted out a few words on the most eccentric Seattle mayoral candidate to emerge in this year's race so far, David Ishii. As the post detailed, Ishii has been telling folks he's Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell's cousin.
As the post noted:
Affiliating himself with the "Kape Crusader Party", and a self-described artist and poet (assertions backed up by his totally bizarre striking website - pappabigfoot.com - which promotes an illustration-heavy, poetry-based platform centered on cleaning up drugs and racketeering in Seattle), Ishii tells Seattle Weekly "I'm gonna win this thing."
But, as Ishii tells it, winning Seattle's mayoral race will require him to beat out a crowded field of more established and bankrolled contenders -- including city council member Bruce Harrell.
"It's gonna be a family feud," says Ishii of squaring off against Harrell.
Later, Ishii tells me Thanksgiving this year might be particularly interesting.
Harrell's mayoral campaign manager, Monisha Harrell, had already been forced to do her research on Ishii. She says the first time she heard about the possibility that Ishii was Harrell's cousin was when Ishii recently started talking about it, and the press started asking about it.
"It's weird," says Monisha Harrell. "He's the cousin of a cousin, on the opposite side of the family. He's not related by blood. ... We can't figure out why he keeps contacting the media and making this claim."
Describing himself to Seattle Weekly (and plenty of others) as a character, Ishii comes off as just that.
However, at least one Daily Weekly commenter isn't buying it.
As commenter ActionJackson writes:
He's trying way too hard - with much too little to back it up - to be the "character" he says he is. And if you've got to tell people you're one, you're not.