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September 1, 2009 at 12:43 PM

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Police union president criticizes McGinn

Posted by Jim Brunner

As we reported over the weekend, Joe Mallahan picked up the endorsement of the Seattle Fire Fighters Union Local 27, and Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG).

The unions did a news conference this morning in Pioneer Square's Occidental Park, right at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Bagpipes were played. A few dozen police and firefighters waved Mallahan signs.

SPOG President Sgt. Rich O'Neill ripped Mallahan's opponent Mike McGinn, noting that his web site currently doesn't even mention public safety as an issue.

"He doesn't even mention public safety, crime, police or firefighters anywhere," O'Neill said.

(I looked at the web site and O'Neill appears to be right. McGinn has focused his attention on halting the waterfront tunnel, improving schools and buses, and proposing a citywide broadband network. Police don't seem to be mentioned.)

O'Neill also attacked lame-duck Mayor Greg Nickels, claiming his relationship with city unions was based on "fear and intimidation."

In a short speech, Mallahan told the firefighters and police he personally appreciated what they do for the city. He said "I can't promise you everything," but "I can promise to be your partner."

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