A bitter political battle ensued in Seattle, where a representative of the city faces a recall effort led by residents who have expressed outrage at his behavior during recent protests.
On Thursday, Seattle resident Ernest Lou raised the case again over recall efforts he set up on the basis of four specific allegations in the manner of counselor Kshama Sawant. allegedly abused his office. More specifically, Lou alleges that Sawan allowed protesters into town hall during a night demonstration and spoke at another demonstration in front of Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan’s house.
The issue is currently before the Washington Supreme Court in January, following Sawant’s socialist appeal.
Sawant’s legal team argued that the allegations were “factually and legally inadequate”. According to the Seattle PI, attorney Dmitri Iglitzin accused Lou of a politicized attack. “Political disagreement cannot be turned into a recall,” Iglitzin said. In September, Seattle City Council voted to pay legal fees for Sawant, whose private lawyers allegedly cost $ 75,000.
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Sawan won a partial victory in September when King County Superior Judge Jim Rogers dismissed some of the charges against him. However, Rogers raised four charges, saying that “the petitioner has a factual knowledge of the facts which suggests that a member of the council intended to commit an illegal act”.
He also received criticism from Durkan, who faced a recall that was rejected by the state’s Supreme Court in October.
“We all joined hundreds of demonstrations in the city, but Representative Sawant and his followers decided to do so by recklessly ignoring the safety of my family and children,” Durkan said in a letter to the city council president this summer. “In addition, during or after a speech by council member Sawan at that meeting, my home was damaged by obscene paints.”
Sawan, meanwhile, raised Durkan as part of the corporate elite, citing him as “Amazon’s mayor” in Jacobin’s socialist business on Nov. 11.
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A series of victories, including the imposition of “Amazon” taxes in support of the Green New Deal, Sawant argued, “because of such victories, the ruling class wants to drive it over.”
He added that “since they have failed in every effort to force my office to step back, pro-capitalist politicians have relentlessly fought to block or co-opt social movements – and if all else fails, they demand credit for their victory. This deters workers from organizing.”
In addition to his behavior during the demonstrations, Sawan drew attention to his position on key political issues. It belongs to the “Socialist Alternative” party, which portrays itself more strongly than the socialist organization – the DSA of the American Democratic Socialists – which supported Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y.
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Submissions from the Seattle Ethics Committee show that Sawant Kshama’s Solidarity Campaign received at least one non-state donation from an employee of the Socialist Alternative. This, along with other donations outside the district, deserved Sawant’s criticism of his opponent, Egan Orion, and conservative radio presenter Jason Rantz.
As Rantz noted, submissions from the Seattle Ethics and Electoral Commission showed that Sawant received more than a dozen non-state donations of $ 1,000. Others came from outside his district.