Sunday, September 03, 2006

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 turn
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.
That 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.

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.

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.
It was MacMac's second bad debate moment this week, although the first pales in comparison to Saturday's outrage.

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.


At 12:23 AM, Blogger Robola said...

I haven't paid attention to this, but I'll second your opinion on this. Even if she wasn't aware that a suspect was apprehended, that's not the sentiment to express at any public forum without any proof.

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Dad29 said...

Good to see you stepped up to the plate on this one.

NOW--about the Rule of Precedent and retroactive application of laws....

We're waiting....

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Jim Rowen said...

She's compounded her mistake by attacking the paper and the reporter. If you are going to present yourself as a leader in the community, you can't talk and behave this wildly and be taken seriously.

At 7:16 PM, Blogger Michael J. Mathias said...

Yes, it was stupid, but the damage that's been done to the relationship between the police department, the DAs office, and residents of the central city happened long before she arrived at Saturday's debate. Many people in Milwaukee believe, and with some cause, that the MPD hasn’t been held accountable in situations where excessive or deadly force has been used inappropriately or illegally. The behavior of some off-duty police officers in recent years hasn’t helped. The outrage is that her comments, as opposed to any real issues, are now getting the most attention in what should be an important race for the community.

At 7:25 PM, Blogger Mixter said...

It was a cheap shot on her part. Period.


At 11:18 PM, Blogger XOut said...

She sounds like a typical liberal and yet even you clowns dont want her. Go figure.

At 10:19 AM, Blogger said...

There's nothing liberal about what she said. It figures that a Republican louse would try to make that feeble connection.

At 11:41 PM, Blogger Other Side said...

Xout is a clown. Pay no attention to it.


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