In The Isthmus, former mayor Dave Cieslewicz asks: “Where are the fiscal hawks like Zach Brandon,” who now heads the chamber of commerce.
The city council, the Dane County board and the Madison school board … all of those local bodies are now almost totally run by the far left. … This is a sea change in Madison politics. For decades there has been a rough balance.
Some substantial part of the Madison electorate is liberal but not that far to the left. They recognize that any police department can improve but they think the police monitor and associated costs are an overreaction. They understand that some systemic racism exists but they don’t think that that issue needs to be addressed at the expense of school safety.
Where’s the political organization to represent those points of view? Where is the moderate or left-center answer to Progressive Dane? The answer is that it just doesn’t exist. — Dave Cieslewicz in The Isthmus
Leadership requires courage, Dave
Ex-mayor Dave contends that Recall Satya 2020 was always a fool’s errand (his words) for a mayor that got 62% of the vote in April 2019. But that was before State Street and Capitol Square were boarded up, before diners were accosted by BLM grifters, before cops were expelled from the schools, before statues of abolitionists and feminists were pulled down, before legislators and common citizens were pummeled, before the running gun battles, before the epidemic of teenagers stealing cars, before 11-year-old Anisa Scott was caught in the crossfire.
What a difference if one brave Democrat had poked his head out of the foxhole and declared an end to the madness. The Werkes worked Cieslewicz hard. He wouldn’t bite. He can argue it would have made no difference but we will never know. Blaska Policy Werkes thinks Cieslewicz’s endorsement of the recall would have broken the log jam, would have precipitated a tidal wave. Given Dave’s written record of disdain of Progressive Dane rule, it is political negligence that he did not.
About the coward Zach Brandon, Ald. Paul Skidmore tells the Werkes: “For the record, … I talked to the government affairs director for the Chamber about supporting the State Street merchants during the insurrection, but he said that the Chamber was concerned about that strong an action, and they decided not to comment on the carnage in the downtown.”