It’s easy if you try!
Like any blowhard congress … person, Blaska reserve the right to revise and extend his remarks — those being published in today’s Wisconsin State Journal.
If Madison’s next mayor is chosen on the volume of virtue-signaling, Woke buzz words, challenger Gloria Reyes has taken the early lead.
In Ms. Reyes’ op ed of Sunday 11-27-22, G.L.O.R.I.A. (GLO-REE-AH!) promises to “reimagine public safety.” How? With “a collaborative approach,” is how! She would incorporate “best practices” through “an equity lens” to “uplift communities” so they don’t suffer “unintended consequences.” She will be “innovative,” “inclusive,” and “equitable.”
What she will not be is courageous. In the absence of real leadership, Madison has been spinning its wheels for years on two of our most pressing public safety issues. Reyes will not venture an opinion on our community’s need for more humane jail space despite a $180 million price tag or whether Madison police should wear body cameras. But neither will our equally timorous incumbent mayor, who has managed alienate police AND social justice warriors.
Lacking courage, Gloria Reyes cowers. As president of the Madison school board Gloria Reyes caved, surrendered, stood down, and capitulated to the vandals demanding school resource police officers — black, brown, and female — be expelled from our public high schools. She allowed superintendent Jennifer Cheatham to railroad Mr. Rob out of Whitehorse middle school, a pattern that led to this semester’s three-month defenestration of principal Jeffrey Copeland at Sennett — both for trying to restore order in the classroom.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Incumbent mayor Satya Rhodes Conway is already “reimagining” public safety. Some of us still remember what actual public safety looked like.