Recently, an e-mail flew around about King County Executive candidate Susan Hutchison and her alleged rude treatment of Dow Constantine’s Chinese American supporter the Chinese Leaders’ forum in Bellevue on Oct. 10.
A few urged the Northwest Asian Weekly (NWAW) to report on it. We declined, although we knew that this was not the first time Hutchison’s temper flared up in the public. Hutchison cannot distinguish the difference between personal feelings and professional behavior. What is frightening is that she holds grudges.
NWAW endorsed Constantine. We don’t think there is a need to follow other newspapers’ footsteps, papers that continue to nail candidates they didn’t endorse in order to influence the election’s outcome. Our goal is to be fair and not use our paper as a weapon. Our approach is to release damaging information only as this post-election tidbit.
Our endorsement editorial on the King County Executive race was no more than a few paragraphs, but our research was extensive. We talked to Hutchison’s prominent neighbors in Laurelhurst and people who worked for her. These are people who have high integrity and they know Hutchison well, and I trust their judgment. They said, “Vote Dow.”
Both Constantine’s and Joe Mallahan’s election night parties were held at the Edgewater Inn, and supporters were switching between two events. They have many common supporters. When Mallahan was down by 900 votes at his party, one white woman who worked with Hutchison at a community organization board, consoled herself by saying, “At least, we don’t have Susan [Hutchison as King County Executive].”
Another Mallahan fan, also a white woman, said, “It would be a disaster if Susan were in.”
Among the three candidates, Constantine, Mallahan, and Mike McGinn, Constantine has the most diverse audience and campaign staff. The county executive elect has already appointed Hyeok Kim on his transition team, and he plans to appoint more people of color. His campaign spokesman is Sandeep Kaushik, an Indian American. ♦
*edited to correct misspelling of “Hutchison”