Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Colon keeps strange company

Citizens for Republican, I mean Responsible, Government is having a wing-ding on Saturday in Milwaukee to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the start of the recall of Milwaukee County Exec Tom Ament.

The CRG event at Serb Hall seems like little an ill-disguised campaign rally for their hero, County Exec Scott Walker, who won the election after Ament resigned. Walker, of course, is running for gov in the Republican primary.

The lineup of speakers includes bloggers (!) Owen Robinson and Jessica McBride (Guess Sykes and Wagner couldn't come); their boy Walker, speaking on "local and state issues": County Supervisor Mark Borkowski: State Rep. Jeff Stone on TABOR; Milwaukee Ald. Tony Zielinski, on the city budget; and lobbyist Craig Peterson, speaking on a proposed new Manpower TIF.

And State Rep. Pedro Colon, a Milwaukee Democrat who chairs the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, speaking on MMSD and its budget.

Aside from the distinct possibility he will be roasted alive when he tries to explain and defend MMSD, Pedro will find himself in some strange company.

CRG, which is working toward becoming a statewide force that does more than just run recalls, has already announced that it is working this year to defeat Gov. Jim Doyle. Did they invite Colon to make this seem like a bipartisan event? Does Colon think they invited him because they like him?

Why would Colon want to associate himself with CRG? You'll have to ask him. Maybe he'll get a few points from the wingnuts for his courage, but he'll lose as many with his own party for his stupidity.


At 9:55 AM, Blogger James Wigderson said...

Bill, have you been sending him your business card? It sounds like he needs help. Somebody needs to speak to the guy.

Even I, as partisan on the other side as I can be, can stand to watch this. He might as well stand on the ledge in high winds.

At 12:27 PM, Blogger nosefornews said...

Give Pedro a break.
He has an opportunity to be the lone rational voice in a meeting of wingnuts. Let's see how he handles it.
CRG has earned a reputation for effectively opposing "big" government. CRG spokesman Chris Kleismet has argued that he supports limited, effective government but argues that fraud, waste and abuse should be eliminated.
Hard to argue with that. Of course, his group also includes libertarian types who never met a tax cut they didn't like.

MMSD is obviously a necessary quasi governmental agency that our region needs. Let's see them respond to his argument that taxes are necessary to treat our, err, waste, and keep our water clean.

Good commuicators know that you sometimes have to reach out to opponents to build consensus and little is gained when leaders only preach to their own choir.

With all due respect, Bill, you're all wet on this one.

Nose for News


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