November 2019 Elections
Spokane City Council President
“I ended up donning a brown, fuzzy, full-length weasel costume.”
SOURCE: Joseph Thompson www. ElectMikeFagan.com
“It’s really funny the way the Republican Party works,” Mike Fagan said. “People end up getting little labels and break off into their splinter whereas the Democrats kick our butt every time. They get more goal oriented and cast everything else off to the side. That’s admirable. I wish others could do the same.”
Fagan said he wants to hold politicians accountable and did so in 1999 against a politician of his own party. Former Congressman George Nethercutt Jr. ousted then, Speaker of the House Tom Foley in 1994 partly due to his stance on term limits. While campaigning in 1999, Nethercutt went back on his stance and Fagan made sure to point that out at every campaign event he could.
“In 1999, I spent a whole year chasing [Nethercutt] up and down the 5th District because he was getting ready to lie to the people that elected him,” Fagan said. “I ended up donning a brown, fuzzy, full-length weasel costume — and I shadowed him all around the Fifth Congressional District with a sign that said ‘Keep your word, George.’ I had a little king’s crown with the seal of Congress and I made a red sash that said ‘King Weasel.’ ”
Fagan said he wasn’t “high up on the food chain” of his party and credits that to his actions toward Nethercutt. “I got looked at differently by the rest of the party because I stood my ground and wanted our people to tell the truth,” Fagan said.
While Fagan had praise for GU’s increasing development, his criticism of GU stemmed from the university’s handling of Dinesh D’Souza’s visit to campus. “Here you are, a student at a law school, aren’t you guys teaching the First Amendment?” Fagan said. “I had to scratch my head on that one.”
Spokane has been home to several rallies, demonstrations and protests aimed at President Donald Trump. Fagan sees these as events that “bring on the destruction of private property, injuries and maybe even a death or two occurred.” Fagan questions the purpose of such events and urges protesters to accept November’s results.
“All for what?” Fagan said. “You’ve got the rumor floating around on social media saying that some of these protesters are being paid, transported to these events. ‘Come on, guys. Trump won the election. Give him an opportunity to work.’ ” Fagan doubled down on that sentiment during a recent pro-Trump rally.
“The Democrats are planning an all-out effort of mayhem and destruction,” Fagan said, according to The Spokesman-Review. So far, demonstrations in Spokane haven’t turned violent.
Fagan accused Ben Stuckart and fellow council members of “packing the chambers” for a vote on an ordinance set to ban religious registries in city government.
“I can see exactly how this all worked out,” Fagan said. “The day before, a couple of council members, including [Stuckart], were out at the Lincoln statue and word gets out to me that [Stuckart] was actually encouraging people to load up the council chambers.”
Fagan voted against putting the ordinance on the agenda because religious registries are “not allowed by law,” the ordinance was not an emergency like Stuckart said it was, and was based on political campaign speech and “it just so happens the guy that sponsored the bill happens to be running against [Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers] and this is a way to ignite his base and pull off a nice little campaign stunt.”
Despite voting against placing the ordinance on the agenda, Fagan voted for the ordinance.
According to Fagan, Stuckart was taking pictures of the crowd with his cellphone. “It wouldn’t surprise me the least if some of those pictures didn’t end up on his campaign webpage,” Fagan said. Currently, no photos of the meeting are available on Stuckart’s campaign website, Facebook or Twitter.
Fagan lived around the globe as a child as his father was in the Navy. “I grew up a Navy brat,” Fagan said. “I’ve lived all over the world.” Fagan thinks his ethnicity and worldliness are assets for him on City Council.
“I am multiracial,” Fagan said. “I have an appreciation for the multi-racial conversations we have out in the community. I think my worldview is much more expanded than the people I’m actually representing because I’ve had that worldly experience.”
The councilman is entering his second and final term with City Council and doesn’t have eyes for state or federal government positions.
“I’m 57,” Fagan said. “I’ve done a lot, seen a lot. I’ve been to a lot of different places. I have no aspirations for D.C., no aspirations of going to Olympia.” Fagan will most likely return to his roots as a community organizer. “Before I came into office, I was a community leader in Bemis, Whitman and Hillyard,” Fagan said. “To me, vying for a seat on council was the next natural ladder rung. When I get out of office, I’ll probably head right back to my community and jump in the role of a community leader and carry on.”