Former mayor Cieslewicz worries.
Dave Cieslewicz, former mayor of Madison WI, told the head groundskeeper here at the Werkes that he did not think he could get elected alder in his aldermanic district. That would be the Regent/Monroe Street-centered 13th, where Ald. Tag Evers (Progressive Dane) hopes to hold off the equally rabid David Hoffert in the April 6 municipal elections.
Citizen Cieslewicz (pronounced just the way it’s spelled; Polish pronunciation: [t͡ɕɛɕˈlevit͡ʂ]) was a cutting edge Madison liberal when he served two terms between 2003 and 2011. Big on bike paths. City minimum wage. Smoking ban. How quaint.
Madison politics, he fears, has passed him by. Dave analyzed last week’s 02-16-21 primary election results in his new blog. It’s named after those things found in the middle of the road: yellow stripes and dead armadillos. Deprecation is an appreciated form of humor but it does speak to the former mayor’s despondence at the direction our city is headed.
“Right now,” former mayor Dave says, “It seems likely that the hard-left majority on the council will see its numbers increase.” The ex-mayor quotes a NY Times columnist:
“What could doom Democrats is fellow Democrats.” [The Seattle] City Council is never far [away] from a bad idea. A recent proposal would make it the first city in the nation to appear to incentivize misdemeanor crime. Assaults, trespass, stalking — all could be excused if their offense is linked to poverty or a behavioral health disorder.”
Progressive Dane already controls Madison city government
This is exactly the kind of thing we could see coming from the Madison City Council this year. The current council has already voted down aid for State Street businesses simply because there were no Black owners, never mind that two-thirds of businesses on the street are owned by women or people of color.
They voted to spend a half million dollars in the midst of a city budget crisis to form a police oversight board whose specific purpose is to harass (that’s a fair word) a police department widely regarded as one of the best in the nation. …
‘I am growing in my feeling that the far Left will ruin any chance for sensible, center-left progress after the next year or so. I hope I’m wrong.’ — former mayor Dave Cieslewicz.
Three aldermanic races are key
Progressive Dane already claims 9 of the 20 alders and several more are cheating the Far-Left political party out of its dues. Add Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway — she’s PD, too! These three aldermanic races could determine whether Madison breaks its fever or succumbs:
- On Madison’s northwest side 9th District, Nikki Conklin (Progressive Dane) is challenging Ald. Paul Skidmore, the city’s most effective advocate for public safety.
- Charles Myadze is the bright hopeful challenging incumbent Ald. Rebecca Kemble (Progressive Dane) in the northeast side’s 18th.
- Brandi Grayson (Progressive Dane) is challenging sensible Ald. Sheri Carter in the south-side’s 14th.
Progressive Dane is Defund the Police, Cops Out of Schools, Derail the Jail, blockade rush hour traffic, shout down your opponents, play identity politics, excuse anti-social behavior on institutional racism. PD is Mad Max Prestigiacomo (Progressive Dane) urging his followers to “F-bomb S * * * up!” at an upcoming riot. It is Brandi Grayson saying: “Defunding the police is a step towards moving us to a post-law enforcement world. … The police do not make us safer.” Notice, she said defunding was “a step towards.” Her ultimate aim is to abolish the police; as is Kemble’s. We explicate here.
⇒ For further study: “Council president Carter called out PD alders for their “bullying behavior.” (Read & Weep)
⇒ The socialists at RedMadison endorsed Kemble and Conklin. (Amaze your friends.)