Welcome aboard, Mayor Paul Soglin!
Thank your for speaking out forcefully for the police. Thank you for using the bully pulpit to read out the social justice warriors and their nihilistic war on cops. Now that you are not seeking re-election for mayor and your bid for governor is crapping out, you can go bold.
WI State Journal reporter Logan Wroge rang up the Stately Manor today to say that the mayor has taken a forceful position supporting cops in Madison schools. Finally, after 16 months!
Hizzoner joined Police Chief Mike Koval to denounce the school board committee’s proposal to replace in-school police officers with a nebulous on-call “liaison” concept. (The story here.)
Koval said the idea is “not feasible.” Soglin said the liaison concept is “not going to happen.”
The mayor threw a backhand compliment our way. To protect his pride and his left flank, Mayor Soglin found it necessary to diss your Humble Squire. Blaska, he said ”is more concerned about his own stature than he is about resolving this matter.”
Got your attention, did we? Worried about my stature? Blaska is not running for mayor or for governor. Just trying to keep the Stately Manor here on southwest side of Madison livable, if you please.
Soglin said the several dozen social warriors who have been roiling city hall, the County Board, and the public school district have “such a strong distaste for our police department that nothing will satisfy them.”
Thanks for finally saying so. After Brandi Grayson threatened to drench city streets with blood after Tony T. Robinson Jr. went for the officer’s gun; after the Derail the Jail crew shouted down a meeting of elected officials; after Progressive Dane brought spurious charges against the police chief, it is good to know Paul Soglin has the cops’ back.
Soglin made this welcome appeal: “If the rest of Madison doesn’t speak up, I can assure you there will be no officers in the schools.”
We proposed two years ago that the mayor should walk arm in arm with Chief Koval down Raymond Road and the responsible neighborhood leaders, including folks like Coach Assad. There’s still time.