Some guy who is running for mayor of Madison.
It’s hard to screw up a city like Madison WI. Not that we don’t keep trying.
Beautiful setting between two large lakes amidst fertile farmland. Hometown of state government and a research-oriented land grant state university that is spawning bio- and info tech industries. High wage and almost recession proof. It’s a community that can afford to dabble in pronouns and redistribution.
Which is why, at this early juncture, we’re voting for a guy named Scott Kerr for mayor. (Who? Scott Kerr! Oh.) Got a hunch Mr. Kerr will survive the three-way race primary next month 02-21-23 against two much higher-profile candidates: incumbent mayor Satya Rhodes Conway and former school board president Gloria Reyes.
A protest vote?
Satya and Gloria are crowding the same lane. Posing for the same progressive holy cards. Scott Kerr, on the other hand, is something of a blank slate at this point. Does seem to oppose Satya’s rapid bus transit system. Doesn’t everyone? Otherwise, appears the fellow does not carry a briefcase of policy proposals. Has not drunk anyone’s Kool Aid. Says he only thought about entering the race in the middle of December. Works for the city as a traffic engineer. 42-year municipal employee. A former alder tells the Werkes he is well thought of at city hall.
Got a kind face and relaxed demeanor with well-earned frosting in his gotta-be-me brush cut and well trimmed facial hair. Who does he resemble? William Shatner? George Gobel? Your HVAC contractor?
Interviewer from Channel 3000 asks: Who is supporting you for mayor? Candidate answers: “Me, right now. When I was knocking on doors getting signatures, people were excited to get another name on the ballot.”
A free bird
Which means the local power structure — those being Democrats, Progressive Dane, the teachers union, the racial justice heavies, and the bicycle federation — don’t have their meat hooks in him. Yet. Kerr says he’s not accepting campaign donations. He told Channel 3000,
“Everyone says take the money out of politics. This is a job interview. The most I’ve spent for a job interview is new clothes. I might go for that.”— Scott Kerr to WISC-TV’s ‘For the Record’
Blaska’s Bottom Line: So, yeah, Scott Kerr is a little naive. That just might be electable, although it may empower the alders. Our advice? Forget the dress suit. Keep the work shirt. Take the cannoli.