Leaders of Seattle’s nightlife industry, many of whom backed Mike McGinn in his successful bid for mayor in 2009, today threw their support to his challenger, Sen. Ed Murray, saying Murray would be a more effective mayor.
About 10 nightclub and restaurant owners joined Murray at an afternoon press conference at The Crocodile in the Belltown neighborhood to recount Murray’s efforts to support restaurants and clubs in his Capitol Hill district over the past 18 years and the successful repeal of a dance tax last session that threatened to saddle many clubs and dance venues with high bills for unpaid back taxes.
McGinn pushed a well-publicized Nightlife Initiative that allowed bar patrons to pay for overnight on-street parking and to catch cabs at dedicated taxi stands, both to support late-night venues and reduce drunken driving. But McGinn was unsuccessful in his most ambitious effort on behalf of the nightlife industry: a 2012 effort to convince the state Liquor Control Board to extend liquor service hours in the city.
“Mike McGinn has been an asset and a friend. He’s done many things for the industry,” said Mike Meckling, owner of Neumos and Spitfire. But he added, “Mr. Murray is more effective at the state level and not so alienating of others.”More