The battle over the effort to recall the area’s representative on the Seattle City Council took to the skies above Capitol Hill and the Central District Sunday as a small plane towed around a big sign with a short message: RECALL SAWANT
The noisy display on a bright summer day “was planned weeks ago to get the word out about the recall,” campaign manager Henry Bridger tells CHS, and wasn’t an effort to target a labor-focused rally in support of Kshama Sawant being held below at Cal Anderson Park.
“Yesterday, over 100 labor activists met in Cal Anderson park to rally for the Kshama Solidarity Campaign. Meanwhile, the anti-worker recall campaign launched their most outrageous stunt yet: hiring a plane to tow a ‘Recall Sawant’ banner around Capitol Hill for hours on end,” anti-recall spokesperson Bryan Koulouris said. “This shows the contrast between our grassroots campaign which depends on the support and donations of working-class people while the recall relies on over 500 Republican and rich donors. Contracting this banner plane likely cost the recall upwards of $5,000. Our supporters have been excited to donate to our Solidarity campaign in response to this flashy (and downright strange) tactic from the right-wing recall.”
Bridger says his $1,800 campaign spend was a big success in a political fight that has reached a total $1.15 million in contributions across the two sides.
“The flight path was to fly around the entire district, which was more cost effective than a billboard in one location, or mailing to 72,000+ voters leaving less of a carbon foot print than thousands of Sawant posters slapped all over the district on light poles where city workers and others have to drive around removing them and eventually ending up in a landfill for hundreds of years,” Bridger said. “This tactic actually worked and got many voters talking about it.”
CHS definitely heard a lot about the Cessna’s flight.
Most of it was complaints about the noise of the buzzing little plane with many comparing it to the irritation of the frequent Washington State Patrol surveillance flights over Capitol Hill last summer during CHOP.
Bridger shot down the criticism noting “the center of Capitol Hill is the flight approach path of hundreds of planes landing at Boeing Field and Sea Tac Airport” and adding that the plane “was not as obnoxiously loud as Sawant and the other Solidarity speakers yelling into a microphone with loud speakers during Sawant’s rally in the neighborhood on a Sunday morning.”
Meanwhile, both campaigns continue to collect signatures in an effort to put the recall vote on the November ballot, a surprise twist in one of the most hotly contested political tussles underway in the city and a fight for Seattle’s most veteran member of the city council to keep her seat.
Maybe a little too much, Recall Sawant pic.twitter.com/1ofRLRmGmC
— jseattle (@jseattle) July 19, 2021
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