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January 23, 2012 at 5:35 PM

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Wall Street Journal chimes in on "Mayor McSchwinn"

The Wall Street Journal profiled Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn Monday in an article that seems to ask how a nice, liberal city could find itself so at odds with its liberal, bike-riding mayor.

Headlined "Mayor 'McSchwinn,' Loveless in Seattle," the article repeats McGinn's low poll numbers and popularity. "About a quarter of the electorate approves of his performance. Seattle's liberal media are against him. Unions are unhappy. So is the business community."

Even the Cascade Bicycle Club, once McGinn's staunch ally, takes a dig. Executive Director Chuck Ayers is quoted as saying. "I wouldn't call him a cyclist -- he's a commuter... from our point of view, he hasn't done that much."

McGinn gets his licks in at opponents. He calls The Seattle Times a right-wing newspaper. ("It is! It is!") And suggests that prospective opponents in the 2013 mayoral race want to characterize him as down for the count.

"They all told me I couldn't win my election, (that) I didn't stand a chance. They're all telling me I'm washed up now... You know, I don't know if I should say this on the record, but they're underestimating (me.) I think I've got them right where I want them."

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