MacMac self-destructing in DA race
In case you missed it, Larraine McNamara-McGraw, who wants to be Milwaukee County DA,went around the bend Saturday.
The Journal Sentinel reported Sunday in a front page story:
Debate takes unusual turnThat wild accusation from someone who wants to be the district attorney? It's a job that calls for judgment, to make decisions that sometimes truly are life and death.
Candidate asks if police were involved in girl's shooting
The murder of 13-year-old Candace Moss as she sat in front of a neighbor's house Wednesday devastated a family, terrorized a neighborhood and shocked a city.
But an unexpected chapter was added to the tragedy Saturday when Larraine McNamara-McGraw, a Democratic candidate for Milwaukee County district attorney, asked if police had something to do with the slaying.
"I'm wondering who might have shot this child. The paper (Journal Sentinel) said errant shots or bullets. Is it possible police shot that child?" McNamara-McGraw said during a candidates forum at the Milwaukee chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
MacMac was playing to the crowd, pandering to an audience that distrusts the police, and rightfully so, based on some bad experiences.
But she went so far over the edge of rational discussion and debate that she has discredited herself as a candidate.
As her opponent, John Chisholm, pointed out, a suspect already has been arrested in the case. It is not a police officer.
I was going to write more, but this email from one Milwaukee police officer says it well:
In today's political climate, I understand why people are more critical of the police. The M.P.D. has had more than its share of bad press lately. I have no problem with strict scrutiny of police actions.It was MacMac's second bad debate moment this week, although the first pales in comparison to Saturday's outrage.
Having said that, it is reckless for Larraine MacNamara-McGraw to publicly suggest the police shot young Candace Moss without a shred of evidence to back up her accusation. You can't accuse a private citizen in such a way, so why take the "errant shot" at the police, Ms. McGraw?
We need a DA who is firmly rooted in common sense and reality. Not some wacko dreaming up conspiracy theories. If she wants to play detective, I suggest she grab some popcorn, sit down and watch Law & Order.
UPDATE: Dad29, Rick Esenberg, Jessica McBride and Owen Robinson all chime in. Please don't tell me the lefties are going to be silent on this one.
BACKDATE: Jeff Wagner commented on MacMac's candidacy before the latest lunacy.
TUESDAY UPDATE: MacMac rides the Moonbeam Express.
Disclosure: My daughter is running Chisholm's campaign, but I would think MacMac has a loose wire in any case.