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Councilmember Andrew Lewis Losing Endorsements After Vote Against Prosecuting Public Drug Possession

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Embattled #Seattle Councilmember Andrew Lewis (@CMAndrewJLewis) loses another major endorsement from a community leader. This time it’s Joy Shigaki, President & CEO of Friends of Waterfront Seattle (@friendsWFS.) Lewis is getting hammered by many biz owners in downtown who expected him to vote YES on the drug bill that would have given City Attorney Ann Davison (@_Ann_Davison_) the power to prosecute illegal drug use and possession in public. Instead, he voted against it. Earlier in the week Jon Scholes, President & CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association (@downtownseattle) had his name removed from Lewis’s endorsement page. I’m being told others are still wavering and more could head for the doors.


Scholes Distances Himself

Jon Scholes (@downtownseattle) says he never officially endorsed Lewis, but somehow his name made it on to the endorsement page. Either way, it’s no longer there.

He Caved

#Seattle Councilmember Andrew Lewis (@CMAndrewJLewis) is now dealing with serious political fallout. Unclear if he can correct course. Here’s what happened during the vote on Tuesday June 6 in the Council Chamber.

Far Left Activist Influence

Tye Reed and others packed the Council Chamber and clearly intimidated CM Lewis, booing and jeering whenever someone disagreed with their position. #Seattle

Sawant is Giddy

Tuesday’s vote revealed the huge influence of FAR-LEFT, socialist, progressive politics in #Seattle government. Self-proclaimed socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant (@cmkshama)made sure her comrades received PRAISE for pressuring Lewis.

Just Last Month

When I bumped into Councilmember Andrew Lewis (@CMAndrewJLewis,) he was riding high and touting his endorsements for another City Council run. How many more will now flip on him?

Entire Lewis Meltdown

Watch CM Lewis explain rationale behind his vote. Some in his district, especially small biz owners victimized by drug related crimes, are calling this a “betrayal.” But the FAR-LEFT activist community now has a new ally.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.