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It finally happened! Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant appeared on The Dori Monson Show

After several failed attempts, Socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant agreed to come on The Dori Monson Show, and actually appeared. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

After several failed attempts, Socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant agreed to come on The Dori Monson Show, and actually appeared.

Monson had been trying to get Sawant on the show since last November, when she was elected. Early on, Monson thought he'd secured an interview, but then was apparently stood up.

After that, there was series of phone calls back and forth, but The Dori Monson Show staff had given up on her ever making an appearance. That was until recently when the two found something they agreed upon. Neither thought Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco, already the highest paid City of Seattle employee, should get a $120,000 raise on top of his $245,000-a-year salary.

After this was discovered, Sawant's staff contacted the show and Sawant agreed to come on. She was a little late for her Monday appearance, and Monson thought at first he'd been stood up again. But they were able to connect for a conversation on-air.

They started out in agreement discussing the Carrasco case, but soon found an area of a little contention when Monson asked Sawant about a few other people she's associated with that make pretty hefty paychecks.

In the end, the long-awaited conversation between Monson and the city councilwoman didn't last long. The call was cut short mid-interview when Sawant said she had to go and the line went silent.

"Did she just hang up on me?" Monson asked. "Really?"

The councilwoman did not come back on the line, and it appeared to be a hang up.

"I'm flabbergasted what just happened here?" said Monson. "Were the questions so outrageous that I was asking?"

Take a listen to the full interview:

UPDATE: Kshama Sawant appeared on KIRO Radio's Jason Rantz Show and Rantz posed Dori's final question to the councilwoman again. Listen to her response.

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