GEE AND URSULA

Gee & Ursula: Durkan never recovered from CHOP ‘Summer of love’ remark

Dec 7, 2020, 3:31 PM | Updated: Dec 8, 2020, 6:10 am
Mayor Jenny Durkan, anarchist jurisdiction lawsuit...
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. (Seattle Channel)
(Seattle Channel)

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced today that she’s not going to be running for another term. In a video statement, she noted she’d like to focus on the economic recovery and stopping the spread of the virus instead spending her last year as mayor campaigning. Gee and Ursula weren’t entirely surprised by the announcement, considering what transpired this year.

“COVID attacks underlying issues. This is one of them. And it’s been an issue here in the city of Seattle, and I think over the last few months, I think the mayor has not done a good job at all. Correct me if I’m wrong, but where’s our police chief? Carmen Best is not here anymore. What happened down there with ‘the summer of love?’ What happened down there with CHOP?,” Gee asked.

“You know what? This was good. I’m glad she’s not running for reelection,” he added.

Ursula also doesn’t believe that Durkan ever recovered from her “summer of love” comment, and while she believes some credit is deserved, a poor communication style didn’t help anything.

Jenny Durkan announces she won’t seek a second term as Seattle mayor

“I’m going to say that I’m not surprised. And I think a few months ago I said that the summer of love comment — that was what did her in. There was just no way that she was going to recover from that. I will say that she doesn’t get credit for what she does, and I think so much of her problem is a poor style of communication and not being able to get out the word [about] what she has done,” Ursula said.

That said, Ursula sees Durkan as a moderating voice and is concerned for what may replace that.

“She has been a moderating voice — even though many people don’t see it that way — because so many people think that Seattle has lost its way, and I think a lot of that is the city council,” she said. “So beware what you wish for, because now who’s going to take the place of Jenny Durkan?”

Listen to the Gee and Ursula Show weekday mornings from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on KIRO Radio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

Gee and Ursula Show

Gee and Ursula

right on red...
Bill Kaczaraba

Gee & Ursula: Right turns on red may become a thing of the past

Under new legislation proposed in the state Senate, right turns on red at many intersections may become a thing of the past in the state.
3 days ago
african-american studies...
Bill Kaczaraba

Gee & Ursula: FL downsizing Black studies ‘doesn’t erase history’

The College Board has released a stripped-down version of its new Advanced Placement course on Black studies.
4 days ago
dedo...
Frank Sumrall

KIRO’s Darren Dedo recovering after battle with bilateral pneumonia

Through ECMO and amazing medical care, more than a month later, Dedo was able to join The Gee and Ursula Show remotely from his hospital bed.
5 days ago
Seattle Police...
Bill Kaczaraba

Gee & Ursula: Naming officer in pedestrian death was appropriate

Gee & Ursula believe that releasing the name of the police officer involved in the deadly pedestrian crash in Seattle was appropriate.
5 days ago
scenarios...
Gee Scott and Ursula Reutin Show

Scenarios: I’m not ok with my stepdaughter spending my husband’s money

On the Gee and Ursula Show, hosts Gee Scott and Ursula Reutin give advice to help other people in a segment called … Scenarios.
5 days ago
Tips...
Bill Kaczaraba

Gee Scott on service charges at restaurants: ‘You’re getting no tip’

Right now, Washington state law dictates that all tips belong to employees, but which workers get the money is decided by management.
6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.
Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.
SHIBA WA...

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Gee & Ursula: Durkan never recovered from CHOP ‘Summer of love’ remark