The biggest elephant in the room in this upcoming election?
You know who it is, right?
County Commissioner David Madore.
I was thinking about my buddy Madore this week when our editorial board had Craig Pridemore and Jeanne Stewart in for a talk. They’re running against each other for a chance to sit beside Republicans Madore (and Tom Mielke) on the board.
Stewart — the Republican in the race — lost her bid to be re-elected as a Vancouver city councilor last year. During those council elections, Madore kept his head down and almost vanished from the political scene.
He knew he was toxic. He had done so much stupid stuff in his first year as a commissioner that any association with him meant defeat.
Still, he was tied to Stewart, and her longtime city council incumbency was finished.
But old warhorses like Stewart don’t fade away. They run again.
So here she is. And once again, Madore will be a player.
But this is a new year. A new office. And — for reasons I’m not quite sure of — a new philosophy from Madore.
This guy — who was so far down the rabbit hole you couldn’t see what he and Mielke were doing — is now flexing his political muscle. For example, he and his wife have given the maximum amount to Stewart’s campaign. And he’s publicly speaking in support of her.