Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell talks about his few days as mayor, his flurry of executive orders, and why he never publicly called for Mayor Ed Murray's resignation.
Bruce Harrell had a historically short stint as Seattle mayor. But he tried to make those few days count.
For Episode 53 of The Overcast, The Seattle Times politics podcast, reporters Jim Brunner and Daniel Beekman sat down with Harrell, the City Council president who was sworn in as the city’s 54th mayor last week after the resignation of Ed Murray amidst a metastasizing sexual-abuse-allegations scandal. (Tim Burgess was sworn in Monday to replace Harrell as temporary mayor.)
In a conversation that sets an Overcast record for baseball analogies, Harrell explains his flurry of mayoral executive orders and defends his refusal — like a majority of council members — to demand Murray’s resignation despite the growing number of men who claimed they’d been sexually abused by Murray decades ago as teenagers.
Harrell also gives his take on the mayor’s race between Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon, and says what he hopes to accomplish in his remaining years on the City Council.
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This episode was recorded at the Seattle studios of public radio 88.5 FM KNKX as part of an ongoing partnership.
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