Are they deserting a sinking ship?
Two of Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway’s five deputy mayors have resigned They are Deputy Mayors Cameron McLay and Leslie Orrantia.
Chief of Staff Mary Bottari confirmed: “Leslie was accepted into a Phd program and Cam has resigned to pursue other opportunities.” (The infamous “pursuing other opportunities.”)
McLay is the mayor’s deputy for law enforcement. He retired from the Madison Police Department at the rank of captain in 2014. He later served as the chief of police of Pittsburgh. McLay was “out of the office” and not available for comment.
“He’s widely disliked and not respected by police officers and others,” said one source. “He’s being blamed for the fiasco of the [police apology] video.”
Leslie Orrantia was deputy for economic development, public health, and transportation.
The fallout occurs after three weeks of unbridled rioting, destruction, and dithering throughout the city. We announced earlier today that a recall effort against the mayor (Progressive Dane) is being planned.