This county board will not be bullied

They may advise but not consent!

In repudiating the nomination of Shelia Stubbs for Human Services director, Dane County supervisors announced they will not be played the race card. They will not be bullied. They will not be mere rubber stamps to the executive’s dictates. 

The Dane County Board of Supervisors on Thursday 05-04-23 issued a statement that they are a co-equal branch of government.

They would exercise their role of advise and consent even if it meant defeating the nomination of a politically well connected legislator, a Democrat in this bluest of counties, leader of a church, and a black woman at that. Truly remarkable! The vote was 27 to deny, 2 to confirm, with 5 abstentions and 3 absent.

Take note! These supervisors are among the Wokest in the land. Heidi Wegleitner, for instance, chairs the Health and Human Needs Committee — one of the controlling committees over the appointment. She is all Defund the Jail but led the fight against Ms. Stubbs’ appointment.

“There is a misnomer that our job as a county board is to be a rubber stamp approval board.”

— Sup. Dana Pellebon, one of the three Black supervisors. 

Rep. Stubbs sat through the meeting without speaking. But she enlisted a short but impressive list of race industry supporters on her behalf, including Greg Jones, president of the NAACP. 

Kirbie Mack, the City of Madison’s former affirmative action commissar, represented Blacks for Political Action. “We have never witnessed such blatant bias,” she claimed.

Gloria Reyes, most recently a candidate for mayor, argued that it was unfair to blame the nominee for the race-shaming of her supporters.

Supervisors April Kageya and Dana Pellebon, both black women, explain why the race card does not work as they urge the defeat of the nomination of Shelia Stubbs to be county human services director.

That was deftly countered by Sup. Pellebon, representing Fitchburg. “One cannot manages a church and staff and on the other hand not manage the people; where is the truth: That she can supervise or that she is not responsible for those in her circle?”

If supervisors are forced to endure the sturm und drang  of the lady’s appointment, imagine the fireworks every time the board made a budgetary decision their administrator opposed!

“The nominee has been unable to manage a process without harmful rhetoric from those around her and a reticence to admit mistakes and work to resolve harm…. It makes me wary of any disagreements in the future that will result in further harm to those who deign to disagree.”

— Sup. Dana Pellebon
Sup. Pellebon said the racist remarks “are continuing and have expanded in their ferocity.”

We should make two corrections here of previous blogs. Although she spells her name “Shelia,” it is pronounced “SHEE-la.” I guess it’s like Brett Favre. 

Secondly, the racial slur her supporters leveled against black supervisors was not “oreo” but “house n* * * -er.” 

There was the state representative’s cavalier attitude toward a job supervising almost 900 employees and a $242 million budget. From someone who never managed more than a handful of employees. At several points, she said she would run the Dane County Human Services Department AND serve in the state legislature. Incredible!

Pellebon said she would propose terms the county board wants in the next nomination process.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: County Executive Joe Parisi has some fences to mend. As Pellebon stated, “This rift has been on-going for years and we have seen the result of the lack of communication and partnership between us.” 

Should Parisi be prepared for a challenger next election?


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12 Responses to This county board will not be bullied

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  2. One Eye says:

    Parisi better word any statement very carefully. He is his own worst enemy at this point. I hope his next nominee is an internal, non-political, proven leader. No national search which is just a bullshit cover your ass endevor.


  3. Kevin S Wymore says:

    In the coverage from yesterday’s meeting, Rep. Stubbs says she has three degrees, and thus is qualified.

    Neither Stubbs nor the media follow with what the degrees are. I suspect that if she holds a political science degree from Harvard and a public administration degree from an accredited school, she wouldn’t have felt the need to “take the job by force.”

    That’s because there would be less pushback from the Dane County Board. Why? Because…merit.


    • One Eye says:

      “I have a degree” = “I’ve been indoctrinated”

      Beware the person who has the need to point out their degrees.


      • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

        “ ‘I have a degree’ = ‘I’ve been INDOCTRICATED‘ ” fify

        The Gotch


      • Kevin S Wymore says:

        Stubbs’ academic background, indeed, appears to be more related to criminal justice and identity politics pursuits, rather than human services administration. She does hold an MA from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

        There seems to be nothing in her resume that shouts, “Look here! I’m hands-down the best candidate for this job!”

        I disagree that her choice of academic degree is immaterial, or, at worst, counter-productive, to the issue at hand.


  4. Nancy Germann says:

    During last nights meeting did anyone else catch the full screen display about white supremacy that popped up several times during the meeting…..


    • David Blaska says:

      Yes, that is Erika Bach, a real nuisance. I was sitting next to the president of the NAACP. He asked who was that? I answered, “The blackest white woman you will ever know.” He chuckled.

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      • Nancy Germann says:

        I was waiting for someone to address that. I’m sure you weren’t the only one who knew who it was. If that was the case why didn’t they block her from doing it again. Just imagine if someone that was against the appointment would’ve pulled a stunt like that it would’ve been all over the news. Truth be told, stunts like that are only done by bullies and those who use intimidation to push their cause. You would think by now they would try a new tactic. She looked a fool after the antics of the previous days blew up in their faces.

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      • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

        I answered, ‘The blackest white woman you will ever know.’ He chuckled.

        Something to build on…?

        The Gotch


  5. Bob says:

    I just would like to know what Parisi thought he was going to get or a payback for nominating her and fast tracking her nomination? Most politicians have hidden motives.


  6. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    I just would like to know what Parisi thought he was going to get or a payback for nominating her and fast tracking her nomination?

    Guilt-suffocated White Lefty pols (forgive the redundancy) are self-burdened by a constant mortal fear of even being thought of being RAYcists, fact-based Reality be damned.

    In a laughably inept way to circumvent that, he went after Woke Points with the bLack community, a kind of White Boy’s ‘member_what_I_did? race card he’d be able to play in case of emergency.

    The everLUVin’ kicker? Parisi will end up (heh!) getting blamed for not getting it in the end zone and it’ll backfire spectacularly ala the New Coke and/or Bud Tranny Light.

    It’s almost too much to take.


    The Gotch


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