Over here on the left coast, you don’t get a lot more blue than Seattle. And for sure, it’s the bluest part of Washington State.
But the city’s only printed daily newspaper – the Seattle Times – has often thrown its editorial support behind Republican gubernatorial candidates, even though there hasn’t been a Republican governor in Washington since John Spellman, who was elected in 1980 and served one term. Predictably, the paper endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna.
But this week, the paper took the unprecedented step of actually taking out a full-page ad for McKenna. It’s an almost $80,000 independent expenditure.
The ad donation makes the Seattle Times is the third largest independent contributor to the McKenna campaign, after Our Washington and Stand for the Children WA PAC.