Madison Common Council turns to cop-hater Marsha Rummel

What can you say about a city council that elects Marsha Rummel as its president?

Good ol’ Marsha is a dues-paying member of Brenda Konkel’s Progressive Dane, a political party to the left of even the Dane County Democrats. Marsha represents Willy Street, the place where the ’60s counter-culture went to retire.

The addled alder once proposed an official, citywide day of honor for a convicted felon named Tony Terrell Robinson Jr., a chronic drug abuser who attacked a police officer and was shot dead as a result. She chairs a subcommittee on police and community relations, which never bothered to talk to a single neighborhood watch group.

Yep, Marsha Rummel is president of the Madison Common Council.

Rummel

Ald. Rummel

The vote Tuesday night was an affirmation of the Council’s anti-cop hatred, focused on the person of Police Chief Mike Koval.

It is no surprise, therefore, that the Council last night refused to indemnify the chief for the $22,000 he expended to defend himself against the frivolous complaint of Tony T’s trippy grandmother who, on the evening of June 7 last year, acted like a raging lunatic — stalking and shouting at the chief — and was called on it.

This Common Council will come nowhere near the 15 votes required to amend the budget and pay the chief’s legal bill. That much is evident from last night’s charade. Clutching at straws, the Council voted (by voice vote) to ask the Police and Fire Commission to clarify its decision of March 14. The Council even gave the PFC a deadline — April 28, a mere 10 days — which, as an entirely independent, quasi-judicial body, it will most certainly ignore. City attorney Michael May said as much. So did Ald. Mark Clear, who said he had “a one-way” conversation with PFC chairman Wesley Sparkman. Clear told fellow alders he invited Sparkman to last night’s council meeting to answer likely questions but — as was plain to see — chose not to attend.

Even so, the alders grabbed onto the delay like it was a lifeline. Ald. Matt Phair said the deadline would send a message to the PFC. Ald. Mo Cheeks spoke at length about his confusion. What is the motion before us?

Rummel and Ledell Zellers want Koval to undergo anger management. Amanda Hall suggested that the PFC decided not to impose a penalty because its members were afraid of Koval! Honestly!

Sometimes, anger is justified. Jesus in the temple comes to mind. Week after week, the Madison Common Council bowed and scraped before every slander, every vituperation and disruptive chant of the local Black Lives Matter affiliate without ever once defending its own police force.

Instead they defended a butterfly-knife wielding woman who threatened employees at East Towne Mall and resisted arrest.

And when a small gaggle of citizens braved the hectoring of BLM to testify before the Council in support of police, they were cross-examined like hostile witnesses. Looking at you, Mark Clear.

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16 Responses to Madison Common Council turns to cop-hater Marsha Rummel

  1. madisonexpat says:

    On a brighter side, Georgia congressional race has me “Loffing my Ossoff”. A thousand headlines died aborning.
    “Ossoff Victory Shows Failure of Trump’s First Hundred Days”
    I’m still not tired of winning.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      An unknown Dem (a kid!) gets 48+% in a ruby-red district where Trump – The President! – ran negative ads against him? Not much there to crow about for the GOP. You call that winning? (No one else is.)

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      • David Blaska says:

        The question, oh Annoying One, is do YOU call that winning? After $8.3 million worth of out-of-district cash, the fondest hopes of MSNBC, NY Times, CNN, the Nation, the DNC dashed — no one else is calling it winning, either.

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      • Patricko says:

        $8 million in cash plus invaluable free time on the networks, all for a congressional PRIMARY that didn’t yield 50% of the vote. Now that’s what I call losing.

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Do I call that winning? The fact that he just missed the brass ring of 50% to avoid a runoff with a Republican in such a red district? With Trump running his big mouth against him? You bet I see that as a victory. I see it as a harbinger of doom for a lot of Congressional Republicans in 2018, and so do they – Chaffetz is just the first of what will be a long list of rats jumping ship. You guys just keep on wrapping yourself in Trump – please!
        (I keep hearing about the $8 million; anyone know what the Republicans spent? Are you now going to tell me Republicans never get out-of-state dark money?)

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  2. David Blaska says:

    $8.3 million and a cash bar, apparently.

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    • David Blaska says:

      From today’s Politico: “Democrats begin to wonder: When do we win?
      For all the roiling anger and energy at the grass roots, the party still fell short in Georgia and Kansas. And Democratic prospects in upcoming elections aren’t promising.”

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Oh, boo-hoo, a well-funded Democrat for a change. I know that’s usually GOP territory. Pull up your big boy pants, things are going to be different with Trump energizing the Democrats.

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  3. AnonyBob says:

    “…the party still fell short in Georgia and Kansas.” In districts they shouldn’t even be competitive in? Good luck with that. If they continue to show the improvement over Trump’s numbers that they did in that Kansas race, it’s been estimated the GOP will lose 100 seats in the house. I’ll settle for 20.

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    • David Blaska says:

      “In districts they shouldn’t even be competitive in”? Really, oh Annoying One? Hillary Clinton lost Georgia’s 6th district by just 1 percentage point last November. If Democrats can’t turn around districts like that, where do you get the 100 seats, pray tell?

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Trump didn’t do well because it’s a suburban district with a high education level. Romney won it by 20 pts. The former GOP Rep., Price, used to hold it by 30 pts. No previous Democrat got anywhere close to 48%. This should not be a competitive district for Democrats, nor was the Kansas district, which Trump carried by 27 pts. The Dem in the house race there lost by just 7 pts. Trump is going to kill your candidates in the midterms because he and the GOP congress will have nothing to show for controlling the govt. except a string of flops, set backs, Russian intrigue, corruption and a shredding of the social safety net. Oh, they got one Supreme Court justice seated, but they had to change the rules to get him through. You boys are whistling past the graveyard.
        On the other hand, Trump just may get us all blown up before the midterms. You’d consider that a win.

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    • Patricko says:

      For several years now it has been all about the seats the Republicans are GOING to lose. The demographics will overtake the GOP and there won’t be enough white people. They were going to lose Pat Robert’s senate seat in Kansas in 2014, but they didn’t. They were going to lose the special election in Georgia, but they didn’t. Same thing in Kansas again. And each time. the loss gets turned into a moral victory by the Annoying Bobs of the Democrat party, telling us what a hole we are digging for ourselves with all these “close calls,” that aren’t really close at all. It’s sort of like how the global warming predictions keep disproving the theory itself. But that hardly slows them down.

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  4. coolkevs says:

    Anonybob – have you not learned anything from your time in Wisconsin? Trump is Walker gone national.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Ah, that’s true. Unfortunately, Ryan can’t control the House like Vos can the Assembly. Walker is also more focused and efficient than the woefully ignorant Trump. Still, I take some satisfaction seeing Trump taking the Walker playbook to D.C. while Walker cools his heels in Wisconsin, ignored.

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      • balboa says:

        ok, so if he so ignorant. how pray tell could he possible have colluded with the Russia’s to throw the election. If he is so dumb then their must be direct evidence showing this happened right out in the open for all to see. The only thing you guys keep holding on is the 6 degrees of separation theories which are Glenn Beckesque at best.

        OMG Trump is president, my life is over, jump out of a basement window. A change may be coming in congress, then again it may not. Dem’s have to have candidates and so far not many are stepping forward that look like they can win when push comes to shove.

        Dems could not see Trump winning the presidency so I’ll take your opinions with a grain of salt.

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  5. While Ald. Mo Cheeks appeared confused, Fitzsimmons knew exactly where he stood a full month earlier. He stated publicly he would support paying this bill and publicly asked Cheeks would he? Apparently he’s still not sure as we still have no answer! But Cheeks had no problem authorizing $400,000 to study the police? Where’s the sense in that?
    http://host.madison.com/ct/opinion/mailbag/steve-fitzsimmons-i-ll-support-city-payment-of-koval-s/article_9dee4a3c-8040-5976-89dd-b90b041376fc.html

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