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July 31, 2013 at 4:39 PM

McGinn video talks of ‘corporate welfare’ for Whole Foods

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s final TV ad before the end of the Aug. 6 primary strikes a positive, almost apologetic tone.

But in a Web video aimed at his core supporters, McGinn takes a more aggressive tack, ripping his rivals in the mayoral race over their criticism of his efforts to block a proposed Whole Foods store in West Seattle.

“The Whole Foods issue showed there is a big difference between me and my opponents,” McGinn says in the video uploaded Tuesday to his campaign’s YouTube channel. “They would have us give city land — your land — away to support a business that doesn’t share our values.”

“My opponents agree with The Seattle Times and Chamber of Commerce that workers should take a back seat to corporate welfare. We won’t outspend our opponents and their corporate backers, but with your help we can out-organize them,” McGinn says.

John Wyble, McGinn’s political consultant, said the video was a get-out-the-vote message sent to about 500 of his supporters and volunteers in addition to being posted online.

McGinn shook up the summer primary with his election-season move against Whole Foods, telling the city Department of Transportation to deny a key alley vacation for the project. The action won enthusiastic praise from unions that say the non-union grocery chain does not pay adequate wages and benefits.

All of McGinn’s top rivals — including state Sen. Ed Murray, City Councilmember Bruce Harrell and former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck — have criticized his Whole Foods maneuver as arbitrary and politically motivated, even while claiming to support his underlying goal.

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