It's election night.
Time for me to say "I told you so!" to those progressives who either thought Jackie Leung couldn't best Steve McCoid in the Ward 4 Salem City Council race, or felt that that McCoid was an acceptable moderate, so endorsed him even though Leung was by far the better candidate.
Have a look, Councilors Tom Andersen and Chris Hoy, both of whom endorsed McCoid. Have a look, board members of Progressive Salem, who ignored requests to support the more liberal candidate in the Ward 4 race.
Now, a 184 vote lead in Ward 4 likely will hold up. But it might not. So I'm only proclaiming "I told you so" with 95% of my political voice, since it's possible that the final vote could favor McCoid.
It just griped me that so few progressive political types in Salem saw in Jackie Leung what I and so many others saw: a woman of color who is smart, cool and collected, with a great family and an appealing vision for Salem.
Let this be a lesson to those who thought Leung couldn't win.
It is way better to back someone who has excellent progressive credentials, and have that person lose, than to back a moderate like McCoid just because... I don't know why, maybe because he's a colleague on the City Council?
The endorsements from Andersen and Hoy that McCoid featured in his campaign irked me. I'll be honest about that.
I like Councilors Tom Andersen and Chris Hoy a lot. I respect their right to endorse McCoid. I just wish they had taken a closer look at Jackie Leung before throwing their political weight in McCoid's direction.
And I can't resist saying to Andersen, how good a friend of yours is Steve McCoid if he can't even spell your last name correctly?