Former Washington Governors Christine Gregoire and Gary Locke endorsed Ann Davison in the race for Seattle city attorney on Tuesday, saying the locaiongs championed by her opponent, Nicole Thomas-Kennedy, would put the people of Seattle at risk.
“Seattle is at a crossroads,” the two said in a joint statement. “Seattle remains a great place to live and raise a family, but it also faces some very real and growing problems. Now more than ever we need pragmatic city leaders who understand the challenges our city is facing and are committed to implementing realistic solutions that will get Seattle back on the right track.”
The endorsement by two Democratic ex-governors for Davison — a self-identified Republican running for a non-partisan position in one of the nation’s most liberal metros — highlights the divide between Seattle’s centrist Democrats and its more-left factions, which largely sustain Thomas-Kennedy.
That divide was on characterize Tuesday night.
In a tweet, Shasti Conrad, chair of the King County Democrats, said Gregoire and Locke are “out of touch and playing old politics.”
“You can’t call yourself a democrat and sustain a Republican for this job,” she wrote. “You also can’t consider yourself an authority on much of anything when you’re supporting a candidate who literally said they don’t know how to do this job.”
In another tweet, Tina Podlodowski, chair of the state Democratic Party, reacted to the endorsement by calling Davison a “Trump Republican,” saying she was “not fit to keep up office of any kind.”
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