Who will be Progressive Dane’s Adam Schiff?
It is Madison WI’s version of last year’s presidential impeachment hearings. The Common Council is going to try to remove Ald. Paul Skidmore for … for … what?
For uttering the “C-word” on a Zoom meeting 09-01-2020 of the Council except that his “Hollywood Square” did not light up when he supposedly said it, except that the soft-spoken alder denies it, and that the utterance is a mighty low bar for “malfeasance.” State statute permits the removal of a sitting alder for “inefficiency, neglect of duty, official misconduct, or malfeasance in office.”
If anyone should be removed, it should be Ald. Max Prestigiacomo (Progressive Dane) for encouraging rioters to “F-bomb S*** up” over his own name, on his own social media page.
This quasi trial would be scheduled for 5:30 p.m. 10-22-2020 if the Common Council approves enabling legislation at Tuesday’s (10-06-20) Council meeting. Which (it says here) they will, needing only a bare majority to proceed.
Ald. Skidmore contends the whole thing should be dropped because that the 14 alders who peremptorily judged him by issuing a press release before any citizen even complained violated the Open Meetings Law. (More here.)
Voted wrong — supported police
Who brings this complaint? Shadayra Kilfoy-Flores, the alleged “victim” who has been placed in judgment of the police as a duly appointed member of the Police Civilian Oversight Board — her reward for bashing the police all these years. (She brought up then-PD Chief Mike Koval to the PFC.) In her latest complaint, the lady plays the race card, noting her status as “a Chicana-Indigenous woman.” (America is dying of too many hyphens.)
Paul Skidmore, if you have not been paying attention, is a staunch defender of Madison’s socially responsible police department. Which is why Progressive Dane has targeted him with this bogus charge. Not by chance was it his challenger who pointed a finger at Skidmore. They can’t beat him on the issues, they’ll try him on an extraneous issue.
The real gravamen of the hyphenated lady’s complaint is that the alder “has a history of speaking and voting in a manner that I believe could be fairly characterized as sexist and racist.” In other words, the alder votes wrong. That’s his real crime.
Skidmore, her theory goes, “had just lost a fight to those who have fought tooth and nail to see a city where all people feel safe.” (Tell that to State Sen. Tim Carpenter, Dr. Potter, Mr. Carre, Anthony Chung, and Anisa Scott.)
It will take 15 votes out of 19 (due to a resignation) to remove Ald. Skidmore, which (says here) Progressive Dane does not have. But the party of Defund the Police and Derail the Jail will have dirtied him up. In politics, it is the accusation that counts.
Also on Tuesday’s Council agenda:
• Brenda Konkel is off the Public Safety Review Board and is placed on the Housing Strategy Committee. Former Alder Brian Benford, a person of color (POC), replaces her on Public Safety. No idea why.
• Prohibiting police from using tear gas, mace, bean bags, sponges and other non-lethal persuaders. (The proposed ordinance here.)
• Appointing the last two members of the Police Civilian Oversight Committee: Isadore Knox Jr. — very much a moderate, if not conservative. He was nominated by the NAACP. And Anthony B. Cooper Sr., CEO of Focused Interruption. (The other 11 here.)
Blaska’s Bottom Line: The enabling resolution for the Skidmore show trial lifts the $1,000 bond that state statute allows to be levied on the complainant, presumably to preclude frivolous complaints like Kilfoy-Flores’. Now isn’t that nice of Progressive Dane!