Gee: Lincoln Beauregard is like Seattle City Council’s own Michael Avenatti
Seattle figures have been likened to a lot of characters on the national stage. Councilmember Kshama Sawant, for example, has been said to be the Donald Trump of Seattle.
“What Michael Avenatti is to Donald Trump is what Lincoln Beauregard is to the Seattle City Council,” said KIRO Nights Host Gee Scott.
“Lincoln Beauregard is back in the spotlight and he’s here to stay.”
After his lawsuit against former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Beauregard challenged Seattle leadership again, suing the City Council for the way it handled the head tax repeal. He alleges council members violated the Open Public Meetings Act. And that’s not all. Beauregard purports that there is a shadow city hall where council members make policy away from public view. That’s not how Beauregard operates, however. He often conducts his cases in the public and the media.
Avenatti has also placed himself in the spotlight, on a national scale. After he ground up the Tully’s Coffee business (it no longer exists), he evolved into a celebrity attorney, representing porn star Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump. The exposure has earned him spots on talk shows and news media, leading to presidential speculation and tabloid-level scandals.
Beauregard’s local celebrity is not quite as sizzling, but it is provocative. Most recently, he has promised to run for a city council seat if no decent candidate steps up. Until that happens, he is organizing a PAC to support a council candidate, among other plans.
“I will openly admit that I am mostly fanning the flames, but there is always the possibility that I run if no satisfactory candidate steps up,” Beauregard said this week.
But he doesn’t prefer to run, further saying “I would have to give up my law practice, which I love. And I would have to advocate from the council podium versus my must less-restricted role as a loose cannon trial lawyer on a mission to make this city a great place to live.”
That doesn’t mean he won’t be influential in politics.
“He called himself a loose cannon … do I think that he woke up and said ‘Man, I really want to be a part of Seattle City Council?’ No,” Gee said. “The same way I don’t think Michael Avenatti truly wants to be president of the United States. However, it’s a way for him to stay in the news.”
“Lincoln Beauregard is not the same, but he can see the blueprint and be like, ‘Seattle City Council, ya’ll are scared of me. I know secrets’” he said. “….I’m quite sure whoever the candidate who would be the best person to run, they are going to tap Lincoln on the shoulder and say ‘Hey, Lincoln, can you help me out with my campaign?’ He’ll say “sure!’ That’s the Michael Avenatti approach. And Michael Avenatti might call himself a ‘loose cannon.’”