How to Lose an Uncontested Election - Page 5
"Anonymous poster: I work in an auxiliary position in a neighboring jurisdiction and the stories about Denis Law arriving on the scene in full regalia, with lights flashing and siren blaring, to assume incident command are well known all over the Puget Sound region."
The following is a response to the comment that the Renton Reporter article quoted above must be a sick joke:
"Anonymous poster: It is far worse than a sick joke, it is why he is running unopposed. With [Renton Reporter's] Dean Radford campaigning for him full time no one could hope to raise the cash to compete. That is why... some news outlet [needs to] expose what this idiot has done to the reputation of the City of Renton and especially the Police and Fire Departments. The FD has their people pretty well cowed into silence, that is scandal in and of itself."
Regarding the impetus for the write-in campaign:
"Anonymous poster: If the stars ever were aligned, or the cards [perfectly] dealt, or the perfect storm... right in front of you, this is it... [An] election, with an UNOPPOSED and INEFFECTIVE mayor is here... If there ever was a time, this is it. I do not believe it will happen again anywhere as it can happen here and now.
Truly, this is set as if it had been planned for decades, and the time is now."
They idea was floated to instead choose a known local activist to support, in order to place an actual person in office.
"Anonymous poster: A real person would defeat the magnitude of absurdity the City of Renton has accomplished this year in regards to a cartoon character. Having that same cartoon character take any votes away from the unopposed mayor is the unique and possibly first occurrence of such a thing happening anywhere on earth."
With the election a few weeks away, any challenge is a Hail Mary pass. The Mr. Fuddlesticks write-in campaign is an unfunded campaign backed primarily by people who are not at liberty to speak publicly and can only donate anonymously.
"Anonymous poster: Since Mayor Law is unopposed, not voting for him is the same... as voting for him. So, toss the vote of confidence and vote for Mr. Fuddlesticks. I would assume the entire election... or the votes cast for Mr. Fuddlesticks [would be] null and void. But if Law "won" only by tossing out Mr. Fuddlesticks' votes, then he truly lost in the worst way possible."
Mr. Fuddlesticks will surely get some votes, and may win. Regardless, Denis Law will serve another term as mayor of Renton. It remains to be seen how many will write in, or what percentage would be perceived as a rebuke rather than a prank. How many city employees will have the nerve to walk into a voting booth knowing that the mayor would strongly prefer they stay home, and will surely be watching? Continued on the next page