One of the final fliers mailed by the Bruce Harrell for Seattle Mayor campaign could lead voters to conclude that Harrell has been endorsed by The Seattle Times. He hasn’t. The Seattle Times editorial board endorsed state Sen. Ed Murray in a lengthy and laudatory column that praised his experience and record.
The Harrell flier includes an “Endorsed by” headline on the left side. What follows below are three legitimate endorsements, a gap, and then the Seattle Times logo followed by a quote, “He’s an ex-football star who has dominated debates this campaign season.” The quote didn’t appear in any news story or editorial but was a tweet July 17 to promote the Times’ online mayoral candidate guide that includes profiles of all nine candidates.
Even one of the legitimate endorsements — “Seattle Democratic Legislative Districts” — is a little sketchy. Harrell didn’t get the sole endorsement in any of the city’s legislative districts. In the 37th, he shared an endorsement with Mayor Mike McGinn. In the 32nd, he shared an endorsement with four others. And in the 11th, which includes only a tiny portion of Seattle, he shared an endorsement with Peter Steinbrueck.
Harrell’s campaign manager, his niece Monisha Harrell, said they weren’t trying to mislead anyone. “There’s clearly a break,” she said, between the “Endorsed by” headline and the Seattle Times logo. “We were trying to show what people were saying about Bruce.”
She also said she doubted that any candidates mention the others in a co-endorsement, but rather just themselves.