The story of Phil Campbell's (Jason Biggs) experience as campaign manager for Grant Cogswell's bid for a seat on the Seattle City Council. Cogswell, a filmmaker (he was location manager and second unit director on 'Cthulhu') and writer, is best known as co-author of the Seattle Monorail Initiative. From Wiki:
- Cogswell coauthored the Seattle Monorail Initiative, a proposal to build a citywide monorail transit system, which was voted into law in November 1997. The agency created by the law survived four challenges at the ballot; a fifth and final challenge (2005) was successful in defeating the project after questions were raised about the financing of the $1.7 billion plan.
- In 2001, Cogswell campaigned for Seattle City Council against incumbent Richard McIver. Though at the outset the chances of success were rated low by the media, Cogswell was recognized as a legitimate challenger, his hopes dashed by the occurrence of the primary election just seven days after the attacks of 9/11.