In an interview with Ian Furness and Jason Puckett on Friday, former Mayor Mike McGinn talked about the SODO arena process and the roadblocks along the way, including current Mayor Ed Murray. McGinn said of Murray:
"But what we've seen from Ed from the beginning is he was pretty much absent from the first street vacation vote, tried not to say anything publicly. And I think that, as well as his stance now, I believe based on his actions today and his failure to engage it, he opposes the SODO arena. That's very clear to me that he opposes the SODO arena, will spend no political capital to make it happen, and might even be working behind the scenes to make sure they never get the vacation...So I think that's another thing that we're analyzing to watch. Does Ed come off the bench and publicly fight for it or does he work behind the scenes and say that Key Arena is the highest priority? I think that will have a big impact on the final outcome."
Listen to the full interview below.
Seriously, what could be the objection now? Give Seattle a shot at NBA expansion, let private bidders upgrade Key for concerts.— Mike McGinn (@mayormcginn) February 8, 2017