Yeah, April 6 could have been a lot worse.
Despite the loss of Paul Skidmore, the Werkes is on record saying the April 6 city election was not a total wash.
An ethereal publication called Tone agrees. Even more than The Capital Times, Tone seems to speak for Madison’s hard left. (It IS a fun read!) They’re up today with a post bemoaning “the grinding frustration of Madison’s 2021 election.” Their frustration is our elation! Even with Skidmore defeated, Tone’s Scott Gordon admits (if you can get past his Marxist jargon):
Tuesday was still a pretty good night for the kind of politics Skidmore represents — bought-off, committed to the status quo, and largely indifferent to Madisonians’ higher hopes for their communities. [Yadda, yadda.] Advocates for police accountability got their prime target in Skidmore, but a lot of business-lobby political spending paid off, and the Madison Professional Police Officers Association also got one of its biggest wishes in this election cycle. Incumbent District 18 Alder Rebecca Kemble … lost to challenger Charles Myadze by a margin of almost 10 percentage points.
6 of these 9 Defund Police candidates LOST!
The police union endorsed Myadze in February’s primary and ranked Kemble dead last in its scoring of incumbents. Back to Mr. Gordon in Tone:
Left candidates … ended up taking the biggest losses. Organizer Brandi Grayson lost out to District 14 incumbent and Common Council President Sheri Carter.
District 2 incumbent Patrick Heck beat challenger Benji Ramirez Gomez, and District 12 incumbent Syed Abbas fended off a challenge from Tessa Echeverria. None of these races were even close … Ramirez Gomez and Echeverria both ran explicitly as democratic socialists, and Grayson has played a leading role for years now in protests against police violence and systemic racism. …
‘Yes, each called for abolition or defunding of police and made that a central focus.’
Tone called for a Common Council investigation into that old Marxist bugaboo: “development and real estate interests.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Investigation? More of that old hard left cancel culture. Amelia Royko Maurer has put up an ethics complaint (flimsy though it be) against Alder Carter.