Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant denounced her fellow local officials on Wednesday for taking part in a retreat with corporate executives, KIRO-TV reported.
“What a brazen display of corporate favoritism,” Sawant said during a public statement. “It is no wonder that the budget, year after year, is completely out of touch with the economic problems faced by everyday people.”
Sawant criticized the council for stopping deliberations on the city’s upcoming budget to take part in the retreat this week at a “luxury resort” in the nearby community of Cle Elem.
She said in a separate release that seven of the city’s top elected officials would be attending the event, which will cost the city $10,000. The retreat has reportedly been an annual council event since 1987.
“Elected officials will be there with the CEO of Alaska Airlines and the CFO of Boeing, among others,” Sawant stated. “For the entire week, all Council meetings are suspended so that elected officials can hobnob with lobbyists and executives from some of the biggest corporations and businesses. Such networking by elected officials with big business is nothing other than service provided in return for campaign funds, while ensuring future career opportunities.”
Sawant, who was joined at her public appearance by members of several civic advocacy groups, also promised to hold a “people’s budget hearing” at City Hall on Oct. 30.
Council president Tim Burgess, who will be attending the retreat, defended the council’s decision.
“Environmental groups, labor unions are present,” Burgess told KIRO. “If that’s the line of attack, that’s a cheap shot.”
The council will host a public hearing on the budget next week.
Sawant was elected to the council last November, making her the first Socialist Party member to hold office in Seattle in 50 years.
Watch KIRO’s story on Sawant’s accusation, as aired on Wednesday, below.
Giggling Fox & Friends hosts gloat over Lewandowski hearing: ‘He gave as good as he got!’
The hosts of "Fox & Friends" giggled and gloated over Corey Lewandowski's contentious appearance before the House Judiciary Committee.
President Donald Trump's former campaign manager claimed executive privilege over testimony he gave before special counsel Robert Mueller, admitted he had lied in TV appearances and cracked jokes during five hours of testimony -- and the Fox News hosts were delighted.
"He gave as good as he got," said co-host Steve Doocy.
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt was laughing so hard she could barely speak.
"She said the truth shall set you free," Earhardt said, quoting Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) through guffaws. "'Answer the question,' there was no question."
‘Trump people lie — we know that’: Ex-House GOP staffer shreds Democrats for letting Lewandowski off the hook
MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski denounced President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as "rude" and "insolent" -- but her fellow "Morning Joe" panelists ripped House Democrats for letting him off the hook with obstructing their investigation.
Lewandowski turned the House Judiciary Committee hearing into a "circus," Brzezinski said, and panelists agreed he unlawfully claimed executive privilege, and a former Republican House staffer said he should have been charged with contempt of Congress.
"He was a mini Trump," Brzezinski said. "You can speak to Corey Lewandowski in real life, and often you can see someone who doesn't seem like Trump. In front of the cameras, he was playing for an audience of one. He was rude, he was insolent, he was stonewalling and, ultimately, being revealed to be a liar after being shown that he went on a national TV show, Ari Melber, it's not like a camera was shoved in his face, and he chose to lie to the American people."
Brian Williams compares Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the North Korean news lady
MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.
"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."
Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.