By Assunta Ng
Newly elected Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant gave a fiery speech, overshadowing other City Council members’ swearing in at City Hall last Monday.
A Socialist, Sawant gave a hard-line approach to push for her $15/hour minimum wage platform by creating a mass movement to pressure the mayor and City Council. She said, loud and clear, that there would be no compromise with the corporate world when dealing with the minimum wage. Collaboration is not her song.
Some say she is a breath of fresh air. Others fear her boldness. Expect to see no peace between her and the Seattle City Council, and with Mayor Ed Murray. Sawant is not like any politician you have seen before. She takes no crap from anyone. It will be interesting for us to see how politics play out in 2014.
Perhaps the other council members don’t need to be concerned. Due to redistricting, every council member has to start all over in two years for a different seat. What have you got to lose? Just be bold like Sawant! The game has just begun.
Let’s watch the show. (end)