(photo: Curley uncharacteristically doing radio)
We've long maintained that what Curly's been after is re-careering in politics. He does sit on the Samammish City Council, an august body that makes the small-ball civic decisions of a small town just East of Seattle. (We've heard he's not exactly distinguishing himself in that job, either).
According to Eastside politicos, the four proposed redistricting maps take Issaquah and Sammamish out of the 5th legislative district and into the 41st. That move would make 41st district Democrat Marcie Maxwell's (or someone's) seat vulnerable to a Republican... like John Curley who might just have some time on his hands come January 2012.
Curley is a mouthy galoot and washed-up local teevee star who's been given a shot at radio, but has pretty much made a mockery of it. That's well-known to BlatherWatchers... and anyone who's listened in which actually, are few. Curley spends 1-2 nights a week auctioneering for charity events for which he receives a handsome percentage. Handsome enough, apparently, that he's chosen (and has been allowed to get away with) being absent from KIRO a good deal of the time.
The evening slot on KIRO is the only live & local evening talk radio in Seattle and we've fretted for years that one of these days, Bonneville is going to just give up on it, and just bring in another syndicated re-run such as those that dominate KTTH, and the other Seattle talkers. Even idiots like Curley cost a lot of money and syndication is almost no cash out for a station.
The question we're mulling now: if we hate John Curley on the radio, would we love him in our Legislature? As Sluggo used to say: "Gulp!"