Peter Jackson Joins Mallahan Campaign

Elijah Wood and Sean Astin are still in play.

As the entire city—or at least Ballard—awaited last Saturday night's SW-sponsored mayoral debate at Conor Byrne Pub, Joe Mallahan's campaign came out with some big personnel news: the addition of former city councilmember/Microsoft exec/lesbian powerhouse Tina Podlodowski as campaign chair."I know firsthand the skills we need in a mayor, and clearly those skills reside in only one candidate in this race—Joe," said Podlodowski, whose position is an unpaid one, in a statement issued by the campaign.Team Mallahan recently made another fairly high-profile addition to its staff: Peter Jackson, who served as a speechwriter for Governors Locke and Gregoire as well as in the war room of Maria Cantwell's 2000 U.S. Senate campaign. (Not to be confused with the Lord of the Rings director, this Peter Jackson is the son of the late U.S. Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson.) Mallahan's spokesperson, Charla Neuman, another Cantwell alum, says Jackson's official job title is "court jester."

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