Although the biggest victory won by the GOP on Tuesday continues to be Glenn Youngkin defeating Terry McAuliffe for governor in Virginia, there were many other unlikely victories by the GOP, including the race for city attorney in the ultra-liberal city of Seattle. The Democrat ran on a platform that he would stop prosecuting many crimes in the city of Seattle that has been so successful for Soros-backed prosecutors in the past.
Former public defender Nicole Thomas-Kennedy was defeated by law-and-order candidate, Republican Attorney Ann Davison, who carried 59% of the vote. Losses like this in their strongholds will keep Democrats up at night right up until after the midterm election in 2022. If they can lose elections in the bluest of blue cities, what chance do they have of retaining even one house of Congress? Once they lose either house, their radical agenda is dead and drawing flies.
Thomas-Kennedy ran on a platform of no longer prosecuting misdemeanors. This has never worked. I lived in the NYC Metro area when Rudy Guiliani ran for mayor on a platform of increasing enforcement of misdemeanors and he cleaned up NYC while cutting the number of serious crimes. Before Rudy, driving down Fifth Avenue was practically impossible because of all the cars that double-parked on the main thoroughfare. Businesses thrived as more people could enter the stores by traveling by bus or cab.
Davison took a different tack and told people that many no longer feel safe in Seattle and her goal was to see to it that they could walk the streets safely by enforcing the law. She said:
“There is a way to have a balanced approach that we are providing a way to intervene with someone and to make sure we are centering victims of crime and collectively bringing together what is public safety in our city.”
During the campaign, she said misdemeanor crimes matter because they are being committed by serious offenders and can be “business ending, job ending and tax revenue ending” for Seattle residents.
The civil division represents the city of Seattle in lawsuits and advises city officials.
The administration division provides services for the office, including budgeting and human resources.
Thomas-Kennedy argued that prosecutions for misdemeanor crimes unfairly targeted poor and minority communities and wasted taxpayer dollars. She said that the city would be better served if defendants were referred to mental health, addiction, or restorative justice programs.
She also pledged to use the city’s civil division to sue fossil fuel companies, defend progressive tax policies, and fight to overturn a state ban on affirmative action.