By Clara Coyote
The Seattle city attorney’s race has been dominated, thanks to recent mass mailings and a huge online ad in the Seattle Times, criticizing the tweets of leftist candidate Nicole Thomas-Kennedy. The Seattle weather, Q-13 FOX, and KOMO News (among many, many others) took a bait, calling the Thomas-Kennedy online story “reckless,” “toxic” and “crass.” The tweets, mostly posted during the summer 2020 nationwide protests against police violence, are intentionally inflammatory, branding police ‘pigs’ and ‘serial killers’ and celebrating the damage to the SPD’s eastern neighborhood and at the county youth detention center. Thomas-Kennedy sent the tweets in a recent interview with PubliCola, saying she was “outraged” by the way the police retaliated against protesters and repeatedly fired tear gas in her neighborhood.
In comparison, Thomas-Kennnedy’s opponent, Ann Davison, who joined the Republican Party after Trump was elected and ran for lieutenant governor of the state on the Loren Culp post last year – received relatively little coverage for her own social media story, in which she aligned herself with far-right figures like Ben Shapiro while referring to her own city as “Marxist hell” “without a law where homeless people are allowed to” choose “a” way of life “that prevents housed people from sit on their porches.
Davison’s @NeighborsforAnn Twitter account, which she has used in three successive candidacies, reveals a candidate whose political views are deeply out of step with most voters in Seattle.
Last year, for example, Davison recorded a video chat with Bradon Straka, a right-wing influencer for the âStop the Stealâ conspiracy theory and a recently condemned the rioter of January 6, in which the couple encouraged people to quit the Democratic Party. Davison used her Twitter account to promote the event, which she described as “Bradon & I on a livestream about the far-left takeover of the Democratic Party in Washington..
Davison also took radical Republican positions when running for lieutenant governor. During the early days of COVID, she advocated “local control“on mask requirements, railed against “Cancel culture and Marxism”, put in the trash the centrist Washington Women’s Caucus as “far left” because they did not support it, and called Democrats “”socialistsâFor waiving bar exam requirements for law students during the COVID crisis.
In a 2020 legislative debate on whether to demand comprehensive sexuality education in public schools in Washington state, Davison tirelessly promoted a far right disinformation campaign against the bill, joining a national right-wing effort to falsely present the legislation as an attempt to teach five-year-olds about sex using “graphic photos and descriptions of sexuality and sexual acts. During the same period, she also promoted a conspiracy theory that the homeless are a “COVID threat“to homeless people promoted by right-wing radio personality Jason Antebi (” Rantz “), frequently tagged far-right Youtube specialist Ben Shapiro and his outlet, the Daily Wire, and began to regularly add the hashtag “#republican” to his tweets and brag her Support of Republican elected officials and experts of on the other side state.
Perhaps most notable for a city lawyer candidate, Davison’s social media story shows him kissing Seattle Police Officers Guild President Mike Solan. Solan has notoriously blamed the January 6 riots on the BLM movement and publicly follows known white supremacists on social media. Davison, who posted a graphic of a Thin Blue Line flag at the height of Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, featured Solan on it “After Homeschool” video series in May 2020. In the video both defended the reactionary statement that “the overwhelming majority of homeless people in Seattle choose this way of life.”
Given her history of marrying right-wing talking points alongside conspiracy theorists, it’s no surprise that Davison called The state mask imposes an unfair “double standard” compared to the âlawlessâ existence of people living in homeless camps.
Davison has presented himself as a centrist and middle man alternative to Thomas-Kennedy, but his own radical Twitter story suggests otherwise.