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.
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.