Will Dane County vote for safety?
Blaska will remain a cockeyed optimist until bitter experience beats it out of him. But we are kids-at-recess excited about this November! Not just Congress or the Wisconsin governor’s mansion but prospects here in Dane County, home to the Peoples’ Republic of Madison and the shrine of holy victimhood.
There’s a new candidate for sheriff in town. His name is Anthony Hamilton. He’s 46 years of age, veteran of 14 years in the Dane County Sheriff’s department, currently a detective. Running against incumbent Kalvin Barrett, appointed by Tony Evers, the governor who blamed the police in Kenosha for stopping a felon from abducting children. Hamilton has way more law enforcement experience than Barrett.
Dane County’s current sheriff doesn’t house inmates in the jail. Oh, no! They’re “residents.” Held a big press conference to announce this linguistic exercise in social justice posturing. (Recounted here.) Of a piece with “birthing people” and other Woke jabberwocky.
Anthony Hamilton tells the Werkes: “When I’m sheriff, the people in my jail are “inmates,” not ‘residents.’”
Taking back our streets
Hamilton worked Madison’s rolling riots two years ago when law enforcement was ordered to stand down. Result: Madison’s own kristallnacht. Social justice thugs busted immigrant shop windows and looted their stores. Rolled burning dumpsters down the street. Threw bricks at police. Law enforcement couldn’t or wouldn’t defend Capitol Square. Watched as social justice warriors pulled down statues of heroes in the struggle for racial justice and women’s empowerment. BLM advocates bombed city hall and brutalized a gay Democrat(ic) legislator.
Local government’s response? Let’s ban tear gas and debate restroom pronouns.
As sheriff, Anthony Hamilton promises he won’t stand down.
Vows to publicize sheriff’s criminal cases when the courts play catch and release. (More here.)
The Werkes thinks this guy could actually win. It is Dane County, after all — Verona and Waunakee, Mt. Horeb and Deerfield — not just Madison. Even here in Madtown, there are rumblings of rage against the Far Left machine. The proprietor of this blogge spends a suspicious amount of time with old Madison Democrats. They’re tired of the Woke apologia for crime and social dysfunction. They yearn for the good ol’ days when Paul Soglin was cutting edge of Leftism.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Even a good showing short of victory is a thunderclap for next spring’s aldermanic, school board, and mayoral races.