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August 22, 2007

Council race starts with an apology

Posted by David Postman at 11:46 AM

Seattle City Council candidate Tim Burgess kicked off his general election campaign this morning with an apology to his opponent, incumbent David Della. Last week, Burgess put out a press release accusing Della of voting against an increase in police staffing. The proposal never got a vote, though.

"I apologize for the mistake," Burgess said. "I had erroneously thought that Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck's proposal to significantly increase police staffing due to the extreme shortfall had actually gone to a vote, but it had not. Peter's colleagues did not support his proposal and it was not brought forward for a vote. I regret the error."

It's rare to see a politician issue such a clear-cut apology as Burgess did. The press release he issued this morning includes no shot at Della, doesn't blame it on poor staff work or rely on any of the other usual tricks for a political apology.

The press release on Burgess' campaign Web site has been rewritten. But I doubt the new version will make Della any happier. It now accuses Della and other city officials of having "neglected additional police staffing."

Della objected to Burgess' initial charge and issued his own press release last week with a supporter accusing Burgess of "doctoring David's record on public safety."

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