You won’t find many of her comrades on the Seattle City Council supporting the often abrasive, always passionate Kshama Sawant’s run for reelection — in fact, two of them came out swinging for what turned out to be one of her longshot opponents in the primary.
But in a political team-up that surely is making the Seattle Times Editorial Board and conservative talk radio folks at KIRO giddy with excitement over the hot takes they’ll be able to bake, City Council member Mike O’Brien Monday handed the Socialist Alternative candidate his endorsement:
Councilmember Sawant has pushed Seattle politics in a progressive direction in a way that few have. While I’m not a socialist, and Kshama and I have had our share of disagreements, we’ve worked together on many issues like the $15 minimum wage, the ‘Shell NO!’ campaign against Arctic drilling, on blocking the $160 million North police precinct, and now on the Green New Deal. Kshama is a strong woman of color who stands up to big business. I refute the negative attacks on her attempting to paint her as divisive because of her courageous positions.
“I find her to always be upfront, principled, and reliable, even if I don’t always agree with her theory of change or criticisms of other elected officials,” he concludes. “We need to keep Kshama on the Council as a consistent voice for ordinary people, and to stand up to the attempts of the Chamber of Commerce to run City Hall.”
O’Brien, of course, won’t be rejoining Sawant should she best challenger Egan Orion in November. Back in February, the Ballard rep joined the list of incumbents fleeing the council.
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