Councilmember O’Brien shoved out of Nordic Museum after-party

The Seattle Times is reporting that Councilmember Mike O’Brien was physically removed from an outdoor event at the Pacific Fishermen Shipyard on Friday night. The event was an official after-party of the Nordic Museum’s grand opening.

O’Brien said he was asked to leave, and as he looked for his wife, “someone from behind grabbed me by the shoulders and proceeded to shove me toward the gate and out the gate,” he said. “I was physically thrown out of this event because of the policies I advocate for.”

When Times reporter Daniel Beekman asked shipyard General Manager Doug Dixon what happened, he verified O’Brien’s account.

“We have a conflict with Mike O’Brien because of his efforts to put a bicycle path here and do some other issues that hurt the maritime-industrial area,” he said. Dixon said when O’Brien didn’t leave after he was told he was trespassing, “we had to forcibly remove him.”

Councilmember O’Brien is a polarizing figure in Ballard politics. He’s an outspoken supporter of plans to build the missing link of the Burke Gilman trail along the waterfront, which has been the subject of a long-running legal battle between Old Ballard businesses and the Seattle Department of Transportation. Earlier this year, the city hearing examiner ruled in favor of SDOT.

O’Brien took the brunt of criticism at a raucous town hall over homelessness last week, and a Change.org letter to O’Brien from neighbors frustrated with homelessness and crime has nearly 2,500 signatures. There’s a “Recall Mike O’Brien” Facebook group, which took this photo of “Visualize Recall” stickers making the rounds in Ballard.

(File photo above from the City of Seattle.)

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Uff Da
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Uff Da

No, the reason he was escorted out is that he is an idealogue idiot, not a Council representative elected to represent District 6. The symbolic push back is highly significant and the fishermen probably did what alot of other people in District 6 were thinking. Hooray for them!

GW
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GW

How immature can you get? Ballard has been changing for a long time. Little children blame O’Brien for that. Just stupid.

Sarah
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Sarah

O’Brien’s proposed Head Tax will hurt Seattle’s maritime industry. He may be getting the message.

George Elmslie
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George Elmslie

This story is illustrative of Mike O’Brien’s lack of self-awareness. A cognizant individual would think, “Hmmm, given my record of voting and advocacy on issues, I think I’ll give this party a pass.” Unless you were dense or, perhaps, looking to strut your ego in the enemy’s front yard during a party that you thought they’d have to let you attend. Well ha ha ha, Mike. Whatever happens to his political career, this will be a favorite chapter of it for me.

George Elmslie
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George Elmslie

@GW – Are you arguing that change just “happens,” and is not facilitated and nurtured, even actively hurried, by certain individuals in authority?

GW
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GW

No I am just pointing out the mob mentality.

elenchos
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elenchos

You know what they’d be saying about him if he hadn’t shown at the PacFish party: O’Brien’s out of touch. O’Brien’s too good to have a beer with regular folks. O’Brien is afraid to come to our party and listen to us. Or Jason Rantz would have just made up the exact same salacious story anyway even if he’d never set foot there. It’s not like Rantz cares if there’s a shred of truth behind it, as long as the MAGA heads tune in and keep his ratings up.

go bike
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go bike

dead fish guy dixon hates bikes
what a turd

Simple Jack
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Simple Jack

“You know what they’d be saying about him if he hadn’t shown at the PacFish party:”

Wait, just one long winded post ago you were calling this fake news.

Pick a lane and stick to it lady.

And are we talking about Julie O’Brien, owner of Firefly Kitchens who makes kimchee (cultural appropriation!), telling fisherman to •••• off? The same social justice warrior who used “volunteer labor” at her company kitchen in Ballard. You know, free labor, not $15 an hour labor. And then she gave us this glorious quote:

“I think one of the biggest things we do is we have volunteers come in and obviously it’s a win-win for us,” O’Brien said in the January 8 episode. “Because when we started, we didn’t have any money and we still don’t.”

http://mynorthwest.com/15729/seattle-city-councilmans-wife-may-be-violating-state-labor-laws/?

Shame Amazon actually pays it’s employees in Seattle. They should have used Julie “•••• the fisherman” O’Brien’s model.

Maybe someone shouldn’t have given her that second shot of Aquavit on Saturday night.

Erica
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Erica

Mike failed to mention his wife’s parting words…”F$&k the fishermen!”

elenchos
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elenchos

Yeah, the Jason Rantz embellishments are fake news. The stuff he claims he got from an anonymous manager? Fake. The shipyard guy Dixon went on record to The Times, and verified that O’Brien’s version of events is true. Wingnut talk radio will burn you every time. Never trust them.

Roger That
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Roger That

@erica That’s his campaign motto now.

Robert
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Robert

Whether you like or agree with O’Brien….this is totally immature behavior. Unprofessional and counter productive. The Shipyard f-ed up.

Andrew Daisuke
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Andrew Daisuke

Absolutely low class move by Dixon and Pac Fish. Not a very smart play.

Change and the Burke is absolutely coming to Shilshole Ave, you’d think Dixon would be able to figure that out and work with it. Oh well. Now he’s on the record as having forcibly removed a city council person from a celebration of Ballard heritage.

guesty
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guesty

lolololololol

nice try elenchos

McManus
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McManus

Mike… YOUR BALLARD CARD HAS BEEN PULLED

Oh God, Her Again
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Oh God, Her Again

Have we reached Peak Elenchos yet? Surely we must be almost there?

Mark Davis
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Mark Davis

What a total no class move to strong arm one of our elected city council members like this.
The ship yard was WAY out of line , and should be ASHAMED of turning the museum after party into something ugly. Theres a time and place for everything , and you cant tell me Dixon didn’t know better…. the shipyard owes Mike Obrien and this community an apology.

Bhagwan Shree Sawant
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Bhagwan Shree Sawant

Any loser more outraged about O’Brien being thrown out of a party than they are about the corrupt revenuing and junkie invasion should ride a soy rocket out of Ballard.

DC
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DC

I dislike Mike O’Brien immensely. I can’t wait until 2019 when we can vote him out of a job and let him join the other reprobate bums in Ballard Commons.

But this was a BS move by Dixon.

Both Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and Mike O’Brien are supporters of the new Nordic Heritage Museum. The event was about the museum. It was not about Pacific Fisherman, it was not about Mike O’Brien, it was not about bums camped throughout Seattle, and it was not about the Burke-Gilman trail. The event was about the Nordic Heritage Museum.

Dixon should have known that the museum has supporters from a multitude of backgrounds and positions. He offered to host a gala in support of the museum. He should have put his own personal feelings aside.

Bad move by Dixon, to make Mike O’Brien a sympathetic character after this week.

Rene
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Rene

You know, I’m not thrilled with Mike O’Brien’s handling of some things, but I’m even more pissed that these old timey businesses have continued to block the missing link.

I actually voted for him because I thought he’d see it complete. IIRC, his challenger Weatbrook didn’t really prioritize this whatsoever.

In all likelihood he will get re-elected so maybe the fisherman with the doughy hands should leave them off our leaders

Mark Davis
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Mark Davis

Yea I think you’re right actually……. first agree to facilitate the after party for an important event, maybe have the president of iceland stop by along with a danish princess or two, and then just when folks are totally convinced its a community celebration , use this opportunity to bully someone you dont like and do it for everyone to see. its your property after all, right? you pay the bills so you make the rules, they can leave if they don’t like it right? Makes complete sense to me alright….i think id saddle the ol soy rocket up and head right back to india.

Murple
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Murple

So, let me get this straight:
Mike O’Brien essentially gets assaulted for not leaving the event quickly enough-looking for one’s wife is a pretty reasonable thing to do if asked to leave, and being grabbed from behind does amount to assault, regardless of the reason behind the action. Then, the writer Jason Rantz puts up an article about Muke O’Brien being tossed out that starts with “Facebook rumors say…”, and proceeds from there, with nothing other than an anonymous quote to a leading question, so the entire article rests on…Facebook rumors. All this after someone apparently has defaced the road by the church where the recent contentious meeting with O’Brien was held, as well as a pile of refuse dumped there. I get it-someone is protesting the defacing, vandalism, and littering of Ballard by…vandalizing, littering, and defacing Ballard. Got it.
So, it’s just kind of hard to see your point of view or empathize with it when you’re using tactics like that. Kinda f*cked up, really.

ed jones
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ed jones

rough week for little Mikey, what a clown to show up at that party. He got what he deserved!

Fuck off, Seattle liberals
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I much as I dislike O’Brien, I truly despise the idiots who support this elitist turd and his foul-mouthed, cheap wife. It’s assholes like you is why we have this communist clown show running this city into the ground. Go invite the bums, riff-raff and junkies into your homes, you stupid dumb fucks. Eat shit too.