Writers and serving politicians know the importance of a good transition. In her statement regarding the election of Ed Murray as Mayor of Seattle, Sally Clark is reaching for both.
Released today, in her statement City Council President Clark sought both to (succinctly) pat outgoing Mayor Mike McGinn on the back, while making it clear that the man moving into the Seventh floor of City Hall is better suited for the job.
Here’s Clark’s take:
“Following four years of service to our city, Mayor McGinn’s legacy is that of a passionate advocate who worked hard to make Seattle more livable. From social justice to environmental sustainability, technology to transportation, Mike leaves behind an indelible mark on our town. I wish him well in his next endeavor, and thank him for his commitment to our community.
Moving forward, Senator Murray’s arrival signals that Seattle wants a new style of leadership. Our City continues to struggle with issues of public safety and transit, parks and urban planning, economic resiliency and civil rights. I’m looking forward to working with an executive who will help us manage these issues, and this municipality, through the months ahead and years to come.”
While it was nice of Clark to offer a complimentary take of McGinn’s time in office, the long line of current City Council members who lined up to endorse his challenger suggests McGinn will be remembered for things other than his “passionate” advocacy of social justice, environmental, technology and transportation issues.
Like, you know, the fact that the City Council largely despised him.