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Last week Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon used tax-payer dollars to pimp the northern suburbs as the best place to locate a new Dick's Drive-In

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Snohomish Exec Aaron Reardon Is Using the Power of His Office to Get a Dick's Drive-In; So Where Are the West Seattle Pols?

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Last week Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon used tax-payer dollars to pimp the northern suburbs as the best place to locate a new Dick's Drive-In. The chain is using democracy to decide where it should build a new location.

Thanks in part to Reardon flexing his political muscles, the northern 'burbs are now well ahead in the voting, leading runner-up south Seattle (which includes West Seattle) 42,773 votes to 25,823.

Sure it might be an abuse of power and position, but the really offensive thing about Reardon's play for $2.50 deluxe burgers is the crickets coming from our local elected officials.

Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen and his staff did not respond to a request for comment last week on why he's staying mum on the poll. Neither did state legislator and King County Council hopeful Joe McDermott. Both hail from the west side. (Full disclosure: so does this hungry reporter.)

Worst of all, Reardon's counterpart, and lifelong West Seattle resident Dow Constantine also ignored questions as to why he isn't fighting for a Dick's. He did not return a call for comment on Friday. And in response to an e-mailed follow up query today, Constantine spokesperson Frank Abe said: "I'm afraid he's in meetings today and I won't be able to pursue this. Thanks anyway."

In fact, the only local pol pushing West Seattle's bid for a new Dick's is former mayor Greg Nickels, who posted the poll to his Facebook page.

 
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