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September 18, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Bellevue’s Robinson distances self from Kasner’s Democratic “tsunami” comment

Bellevue City Council candidate Lynne Robinson is putting daylight between herself and Steve Kasner, saying she believes in keeping the council nonpartisan.

Kasner, who is running for another council seat, said in a surreptitiously videotaped comment to a Democratic gathering last month that he wants to be part of a Democratic “tsunami” on the Eastside.

Robinson said Wednesday that comment “does not reflect my ideology about the council position that I’m seeking.¬†I’m very proud to have support from people all over Bellevue and all political views, and I think we all understand that the council is a nonpartisan role.”

Robinson, a member and past chair of the Bellevue Parks and Community Services Board, said she has “always been a bipartisan person” and didn’t know the political affiliations of City Council members before this election.

Kasner drew criticism from his opponent, Councilmember Kevin Wallace, for his comments to the 41st District Democrats last month that if he and Robinson¬†are elected, the council will have a Democratic majority for the first time. “We have the opportunity to turn the purple Eastside absolutely blue,” Kasner, chair of the East Bellevue Community Council, told the gathering.

Kasner and Robinson are both endorsed by King County Democrats.

Robinson’s opponent, Vandana Slatter, an Overlake Hospital Foundation trustee who unsuccessfully sought the county Democratic endorsement, branded Robinson before the primary as “an insider who plays politics in partisan organizations.”

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