By your friends shall ye be known

Who’s endorsing which Madison candidates?

What does it tell you about Madison politics that Paul Soglin — “Havana Paul” — is now regarded as conservative (all politics being relative)? We’ve come a long ways from Henry Reynolds and Bill Dyke — too far! Yet Mayor Paul has cut a social media spot for challenger Gloria Reyes alleging that incumbent Satya Rhodes Conway is insufficiently … progressive!

Again this election, the faceless bureaucrats at Blaska Policy Werkes have compiled an accounting of who’s endorsing whom for mayor, common council, and Madison school board. Knowing which dog has whose fleas is a good indicator of where the candidate stands despite his/her campaign literature. During a campaign, we’ve learned, everyone wants public safety, is a fiscal conservative, will return your call, and will personally plow your street. Oh, and is progressive as Old Fighting Bob standing on a hay wagon.

Click here or on image to download the full spreadsheet

We chart only the contested races — 14 of 20 aldermanic, the mayoralty, and one of the two Madison school board seats. Incumbents are noted with an asterisk (*). In two aldermanic races, two incumbents were thrown into the same district.

We list the endorsing agencies from Left to Right physically and (by our lights) politically. Look for updates as the campaign goes along. Let us know if we’ve missed any.

Curiously, The Capital Times endorses both alder candidates in District 9, incumbent Nikki Conklin and Nino Amato. The Wisconsin State Journal endorses neither. Madison Chamber of Commerce backed off that one, too. Dane County Democrats endorsed both candidates in 11 of the 16 races we list here. That’s something new.

Realtors are not endorsing but independently throwing dollars at nine candidates. We used to count on the Realtors to back us conservatives but there just are not enough of us anymore and they need friends. That’s our only explanation for some of their choices. Bonnie Roe’s Safety Connection is a new and welcome player. It highlights candidates most likely to support public safety.

Paul Soglin may pitch Gloria Reyes as the true progressive, but the former school board president also gets endorsements from two past police chiefs (Noble Wray and David Couper), Sheriff Kalvin Barrett, the former UW police chief, and the Madison police officers union.  

Satya Rhodes Conway has the Madison elected establishment, headed by U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan and the city’s delegation to the state legislature. (Her endorsements.)

Blaska’s Bottom Line: We would make our own endorsements but we would like them to win.

Who do YOU endorse?


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14 Responses to By your friends shall ye be known

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  2. steve says:

    Gloria is more prog than Satya??


  3. One Eye says:

    Satya was heralded as being the first open lesbian mayor. That’s terrific but we’ve evolved beyond it. I need to know all the candidates sexual fetishes before I’ll endorse anyone.


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      At least one sexual fetish–the kinkier the better–is now a requirement for any candidate seeking office in someplace like Madison. And plain old homosexuality is no longer enough to claim “marginalized” status (i.e., secular sainthood). You’re now required to look/sound like an escapee from some carnival sideshow (e.g., Admiral Rachel Levine; former Sec. of Spent Fuel Sam Brinton).

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  4. pANTIFArts says:

    Curiously missing on the lists of endorsers for the most radically “woke” is the name of Moloch, the ancient Canaanite god of child sacrifice. Why, do you suppose, would he contribute so heavily to these candidates, yet decline to be listed in the endorsements?

    Correction:— I have no idea of the pronouns of Moloch. I hope to avoid the wrath of wokeness, not for revealing Moloch’s involvement, but, for misgendering they/them/theyselves. My Bad.


  5. Bill Cleary says:


    Unsure about Moloch’s gender identity? Just ask any of your local abortionists. I would think that they all pray to him/her/they every day.


    • pANTIFArts says:

      That brings up another question.

      First it was just the “Temple Of Moloch”, then we got “Moloch’s Temple For Women’s Health Care” and “Moloch’s Temple For Racial And Gender Identity”, now they are called “Planned Parenthood” and “Public Schools”. Why the name changes?


  6. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    “Who do YOU endorse?” I endorse former Secretary of State Doug La Follette. Anyone who can trade on a famous last name in order to hold an overpaid public office for nearly 50 years while doing next to nothing has my undying admiration. All he’d have to do as Madison’s mayor is croak the ritual progressive slogans every once in a while–oh, and raise taxes. Come to think of it, he might find those duties too onerous.


  7. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    OT, but The Gotch wonders what Timmy LeMonds specifically, and the criminally unrepresentative, totalitarian MMSD generally, HAVE_TO_HIDE?

    The Gotch


    • David Blaska says:

      I have found Tim LeMonds to be very responsive. I do think he has the toughest job in town. Has to work with and answer to the terminally Woke.


      • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

        I have found Tim LeMonds to be very responsive.

        Suing to prevent public goings-on from the people who fund them isn’t doing much to support that.

        Quite the contrary…the optics are unflattering, to say the very least, AND it has a very bad smell.

        The Gotch


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