Press Talk A larger issue in the mayors race

first_imgIt has almost everything.Drama, intrigue, importance, consequences — you name it.Of course I’m talking about the Vancouver mayor’s race, pitting a young, vibrant Mayor Tim Leavitt against an old, vibrant City Councilor Bill Turlay.(Age doesn’t mean anything to me. Being vibrant does.)But is there more to this race than meets the eye?I say yes.I thought about this when I was hanging out at the KATU-TV studios Thursday night doing a short interview on the mayoral race.KATU anchor Steve Dunn hosts a 30-minute “Your Voice, Your Vote” show that airs Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.I take up the last five minutes of this week’s show talking with Steve — a bright, personable, fun guy. The first 25 minutes of the show deal with Initiative 522. That’s the one that concerns labeling of genetically engineered foods.Hey, wait a second. Twenty-five minutes for them? Five minutes for me? What the … (Just kidding.)But I digress.So what is the larger issue in the mayor’s race? Well, Turlay will tell you the larger issue is Leavitt’s flip-flop on tolling a new CRC bridge. First he was against it. That, many say, got him elected mayor. Then Leavitt was for it.It’s an integrity issue, Turlay says. If that’s not enough, supporting tolls for a new bridge does not make you Mr. Popular in the eyes of many.Fair enough.But for me, the larger issue is this epic battle going on between Leavitt and County Commissioner David Madore.As noted in a column a few weeks ago …“Madore and Leavitt are archenemies. One is Superman. the other is Alexander Joseph ‘Lex’ Luthor. You decide which is which.” Now, Madore has spent enormous political capital supporting Turlay. The always-smiling Madore would somehow find a way to smile even broader if Turlay were to whup Leavitt.last_img