The sophisticated, Putin-endorsed political detection system here at the Manor is picking up emanations that well meaning citizens would like to step in where the Madison Common Council won’t by starting a voluntary legal defense fund for Police Chief Mike Koval.
We consulted our chancellor of the exchequer and her verdict is “Not one red cent.”
Like it or not, Mike Koval works for the City of Madison. Its city council is in the grips of the Great White Guilt. In the spirit of Obama, police are the enemy for “over-policing” crime-ridden areas of town, for defending themselves against drug-crazed attackers, for not allowing the perpetrators of crime (looking at you, Jenelle Laird) to decide whether they want to be arrested or not.
Professional agitators are thanked for shouting Racism in a crowded council chamber but neighborhood watch citizens who dare approach the alders are given the third degree.
Meanwhile up the hill at the State Capitol, legislation is advancing that would end catch and release of young toughs like the repeat offenders who killed a City of Milwaukee building inspector (in broad daylight! While on the job!) in order to hijack his automobile. (Assembly Bill 88 and AB 89.) More here.
Madison had a chance to make a small difference by electing Steve Fitzsimmons and Dave Handowski in the southwest side. Voters on April 4 chose otherwise.
The police union endorsed both challengers but its campaign contribution was well short of the maximum allowed by law. Given that it endorsed only two other candidates and that those candidates had no opposition one can surmise that the police union’s campaign treasury was in no danger of depletion. Over 500 men and women work for the department. Did any of them write a personal check to the campaigns? We are not aware of a single one.
So as ye reap
Eventually, the council will have to vote on paying Koval’s $22,000 legal bill to defend himself against the absurd charges lodged with the Police and Fire Commission. It only takes six alders to deny his claim.
The fact is, the PFC issued a mixed message. That was on purpose. It takes the PFC off the hook and puts the council in the cross hairs.
Haven’t spoken with the man recently but friends tell me Mike Koval is greatly disheartened by the Council’s non-action. If so, he is reading it the same way as I am. As the Policy Werkes said months ago, this Council will not approve the chief’s reimbursement. Koval can bring suit, but that would put him in hock another $20,000. It would be a tough case to win. If the Council has a vote — and they do — they have discretion.
The man could quit. Madison doesn’t deserve him. The better course of action would be to stay and keep pounding that desk.
Mike Koval would make one helluva powerful candidate for mayor two years hence. One that The Emerald City deserves. Mo Cheeks can harvest the anti-cop vote; Paul Soglin can try to walk the tightrope but he loses to a candidate who would be The First Black Mayor in Madison History. Never under-estimate the liberal-progressive-socialist need for warm fuzzies.
Koval can rescue liberalism from its headlong descent into madness and return it to something that JFK would have recognized. I’ll write that campaign check myself.