ethics scandals : the must-have accessory for fall?

Although our local scandals aren’t quite up to the level of the Tom DeLay indictment that’s taken over the national news, it looks like Mayor Nickels has a hot new ethics violation of his own this campaign season:

Wayne Barnett, executive director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, filed civil charges against Nickels today for violating the city’s prohibition on the use of public facilities for campaigning. . . . The mayor’s office produced the document, entitled “Mayor Greg Nickels: Three Years of Accomplishments” and sent it to about 3,000 households at a cost to the city of $2,205 [s.times]

The timing of this does seem positioned to make an election-time splash since the Seattle Weekly expressed concerns over this mailing back in April, reporting on a few accomplishments included in the eight-page booklet — “replacing the Viaduct and seawall,” “creating a safer Seattle,” “creating jobs” [#].

I just wonder if any of those 3,000+ recipients read or saved the booklet. Now that it’s a part of Seattle scandal history it might be worth a few bucks on eBay.

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