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February 14, 2016

TMZ Gets Cheeky With Joe Garcia

It took about a year, but freshman Rep. Joe Garcia has officially landed on Harvey Levin’s radar.

The celebrity gossip site took notice of the Florida Democrat after he was photographed strolling surfside with a lady friend sporting barely-there swimwear. Remember: You can’t un-see things:

Back in 2011, Levin warned that he’d be putting pols under a microscope.



Or, in this case, smack dab in the middle of a telephoto lens.

Garcia’s office did not respond to email inquiries about whether Garcia had seen the TMZ segment or who the woman accompanying the divorced Cuban-American beachcomber might be.

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  • Stewart Moore

    That’s a weird sentence. Out of all the places to wage a political fight, why would conservatives and the infamous Koch Brothers choose a Pacific Northwest village of 26,000 that most Americans have probably never heard of?

    While lots of us know Seattle for its famed coffee culture, its tech scene and its starring role in “Singles,” and many have heard of Tacoma, few probably are familiar with the place that lies between the two: SeaTac – a place so seemingly nondescript that it goes by a portmanteau rather than by its own distinct name.

    So why-oh-why would the titans of the right pick there of all places to scream “Freedom!” and try to mount a Braveheart-like stand against something as mundane as a local ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage for many of the town’s workers to $15 per hour?

    Sure, conservative ideologues oppose economic mandates in most forms. Sure, those ideologues’ corporate benefactors have a vested financial interest in keeping wages low. And sure, with SeaTac’s childhood poverty levels skyrocketing in recent years, both conservative activists and corporate interests generally want to prevent local – and easily replicable – examples of working-class economic angst being successfully channeled into campaigns for higher wages.

    However, in a country with plenty of higher-profile venues in which to wage a class war, the right’s interest in SeaTac may have more to do with the town’s direct relationship to a geographically captive industry – and what that relationship may portend for a shrewd form of economic populism in this new Gilded Age.

    SeaTac as a Pre-Emptive Attack

    Though you may not have known it at the time, if you’ve flown to (or through) what you thought was Seattle, you were actually in SeaTac – the captive home of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. With that airport being one of America’s busiest, the small town has been the site of almost $4 billion in capital investments in just the last 14 years. That is on top of all the ancillary infrastructural and intermodal investments by other municipal agencies.

    The particular type of spending in SeaTac is significant: much of it is infrastructural investment in a specific enterprise (the airport). The logistical and financial implications of moving an airport are, well, significant. That means both Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and all the businesses that rely on physical proximity to the airport are captive industries – the captors being the roughly 12,000 registered voters of SeaTac.

    • bellaparola

      What on earth has SeaTac got to do with that lady’s butt?

  • Russ K.

    hey, Joe! Look left!

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