All is not lost
Win some, lose some. It’s Madison’s loss that Paul Skidmore was defeated on the far west side. It is about to get real for new police chief Shon Barnes. Paul’s successor, Nikki Conklin, is a social justice warrior.
It’s Madison’s gain that Rebecca Kemble went down on the northeast side. Describes herself as a anarcho-syndicalist, which is a form of Marxism. Kemble was not just defund the police but abolish them altogether. More than one alder describes Kemble as a “toxic” presence on the common council. Of course, The Capital Times endorsed her.
Her desk on the council could have remained empty and Madison would be better off but her replacement, Charles Myadze, has stardom in his future. A black man, single father of three and labor union iron worker who understands that public safety is a requisite to success. Took on as his campaign manager Democrat(ic) operative Melissa Mulliken, who has managed many higher profile races around town.
Ald. Skidmore has served since 2001; voters may have concluded 20 years is enough. The only one of the four advisory referenda to meet voter approval (by 71-29%) would limit terms to 12 years. Referenda calling for a full-time, professional council paid as much as $71,000 annually (from $13,700 currently) were defeated, bigly.
Then there was the political hit job orchestrated by the progressives to tar Paul with the C-word. That slander was repudiated by a forensic audio expert but the city attorney insisted that he be included among the possible culprits anyway and the news media bought in.
So where does Tuesday’s 04-06-21 election leave Madison’s 20-member council? The WI State Journal sees it moving more “progressive,” which used to be a good thing in Wisconsin but now means more Portland and Seattle chaotic than laboratory of democracy. More A.O.C. and the Squad, more Bernie redistributionist, more Hugo Chavez than Fighting Bob La Follette.
→ Complete Madison WI aldermanic results here.
→ County-wide municipal and school board results here.
The envelope, please
The Council could count on five alders out of 20 who were allies of Madison’s professional, enlightened policing. What happened to those five?
- Skidmore, defeated in District 9.
- In the 10th, Zach Henak retired and replaced by Yannette Figueroa Cole, another Progressive Dane soldier.
- Mike Tierney retired and replaced by Jael Currie in District 16 — a Freedom Inc. warrior.
- Barbara Harrington McKinney, unopposed this time around, will return, thankfully!
- And hooray for Sheri Carter on Madison’s south side! She turned back professional protestor Brandi Grayson, and convincingly by a 65-35% margin. But she tells the Werkes she will not seek re-election as council president. A year of pandemic restrictions and BLM unrest was enough.
So that’s 2 wins versus 3 defeats for our good gang of five. But add to Harrington-McKinney and Carter newly elected Charles Myadze and, on the southeast side of town, Gary Halverson, who was unopposed. And there is real hope for Nasra Wehelie in the 7th. Some people have all the luck: she was appointed to the council late last year and was unopposed Tuesday. That makes five. Add Syed Abbas and Christian Albouras, who received generally good marks from the police union, and you’ve got a good core. But still a minority of alders fighting an anti-cop mayor.
Consider Mayor Satya’s published statement, post-election:
“I … look forward to working with them on … expanding affordable housing, addressing homelessness, and building climate resilience and equity into all aspects of city planning during a tight budget year.”
Nothing on public safety after the most violent year in Madison’s history outside the Prohibition ‘20s and the anti-war ‘60s.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Madison is going to miss Paul Skidmore.