One mayor from back East actually considered such conversations as a normal part of being a mayor:
"On the street, it's just like "Oh, I saw you on the cable station." Now I get "Oh, I saw you on the blog." Ed points out that an appearance on a blog's comment threads can humanize an elected offical, and that a note directly from the mayor can temper the conversation, too. "If I go on directly and respond, if I personify the discussion" he says, "people are more careful about what they say."A few days ago, I started a thread over at Olyblog about Ira Knight's interview on KGY. Like most posts on olyblog.net, it started a vibrant discussion, and now, Ira's opponent, Jeff Kingsbury is getting into the mix. He's not bashing Ira by any means, but simply discussing the merits of a downtown parking garage.
Good on ya, Jeff. I hope this encourages more council candidates and future and current city council members to embrace the growing blog community in Olympia.