Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve Taylor who represents a portion of Franklin on the county board is up for re-election this April.
He faces Patti Logsdon, who ran against Taylor in the last election.
Now some disclaimers:
For years I have been very critical of Steve Taylor’s voting and decorum as a Franklin alderman.
I have been far less critical, almost not at all, about Taylor’s record as a county supervisor. Granted, as I’ve written in the past, it’s relatively easy to vote against that clown car of county supervisors. Even so, it’s tough to argue with Taylor’s votes at the county level.
During Taylor’s last campaign I blogged in support of his opponent, Patti Logsdon. She’s running against Taylor again.
Truth is I don’t live in Taylor’s county supervisor district or his Franklin aldermanic district.
Truth is whomever I “endorse” means nothing.
But being a local blogger and following the local political scene as closely as I do, I may want to blog about this race, and most assuredly will.
Finally, and it must be noted, my many public criticisms of Taylor have been political, not personal as I have blogged in the past.
END OF DISCLAIMERS
Let’s suppose I was not the author of this blog with the above title and I happened to come across it.
Steve Taylor/Patti Logsdon race heating up, and getting nasty
I gotta tell ya. My gut reaction would have been, “Oh my, there goes that Steve Taylor again.”
Except I would have been wrong.
The mudslinger in this case is Logsdon.
While I can’t vote in this election I am following closely. Because this race will be anything but dull.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has decided to direct a ton of his personal money into Milwaukee County Supervisor elections, including the Taylor-Logsdon faceoff, in favor of Logsdon.
We’re starting to see how the Abele money is being spent.
In an effort to unseat Taylor, Logsdon has gone negative. An online Logsdon campaign ad I saw in the last day or two has the narrator bringing up some of Taylor’s past indiscretions that I won’t get into that occurred many, many years ago.
If the intent was to be personally savage and brutal the ad succeeded.
Throughout my professional career that has been loaded with politics, either reporting, blogging, or talking about it, I have steadfastly held that negative campaigning is appropriate.
That is, if it’s true. And I would add an additional caveat. If it’s relevant.
Keep in mind that there’s an old adage in politics that the candidate who’s behind generally goes negative in an effort to make up the difference. Taylor is the advantaged incumbent. Logsdon is the underdog. Ergo the Logsdon bombs.
We not only have the personal attacks on Taylor in the ad, there’s also this on Logsdon’s campaign website, mentioned after Logsdon lists her endorsements:
17 additional elected officials, public servants, and other well-known members of the community remain unnamed, at their request, because they allege the incumbent candidate, Supervisor and Alderman Steve Taylor, has directly threatened their businesses and reputations. These unnamed supporters have shared in confidence that they also cannot put up signs or donate to the campaign because it would draw the attention of Supervisor Taylor, whom they fear. Instead, they will be privately encouraging others to vote for Patti Logsdon.
If true that’s significant. But even so, the entire anonymity raises questions. I’ve been in politics a long time and know there’s plenty of behind the scenes deals, shenanigans, backstabbing and the like to foil the process. Logsdon is making serious accusations that would carry quite the punch, if they weren’t all so anonymous. They can’t come out because of fear? Fear of what? Taylor will counter with a press release? These people have recourse, if they are authentic.
To repeat, I don’t have a horse in this race. But I’m fascinated, and have a keen interest. Here’s my humble advice for each candidate:
Advice for Logsdon
I don’t know who’s advising her, but I would dump them, immediately. I thought Logsdon was better than this. That bomb throwing just won’t work.
Here’s a true life analogy.
Back in 2009 then-Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn, 61 years old at the time, admitted he had an affair with a 39-yeasr old reporter. The item was a topic of discussion on the weekly Milwaukee Public Television Program “InterCHANGE” where I was a regular panelist.
Not a Flynn fan I still made my view very clear. What happened was between Flynn and his wife. It was up to Mayor Barrett and the Fire and Police Commission who hired Flynn to determine if this affair interfered with Flynn’s duties and responsibilities as chief. If not, case closed. End of discussion.
I’m no political fan of Steve Taylor. How in the world can his behavior of time spent years away from Milwaukee County be used as judgment in a 2018 campaign against him?
Patti, your attempt to go flaming negative is not very bright.
Not that Taylor ever cheated on his wife, but you can see people don’t care if President Trump had some fun with an attractive, well-endowed young blonde.
Also, Patti, your positive stuff about yourself publicized so far is all the typical fare with all sorts of glittering generalities.
You’re going to save Milwaukee County. OK, But how? I’ve read carefully. How the hell are you going to do it?
Explain with specifics.
And dump the over the top negative junk. Hasn’t helped others in the past. It will backfire on you. Unless you have some internal polling data that shows you helplessly behind. So what. Go classy.
Advice for Taylor
Let’s be real honest here.
I listened to the tape of a recent Franklin Common Council meeting when a Franklin resident directed his comments to “Aldervisor” Steve Taylor who immediately erupted at the designation. Taylor considered it insulting and would not respond to any comment or question from the citizen.
We know, I know I do, that Taylor has a short fuse. Taylor has ripped me in public.
He is not statesmanlike. Has trouble listening to opposing views. Rubs people the wrong way.
My advice to Taylor.
Look, if I were you, I would love to lash out at the Logsdon negativity. God knows I’ve been lied about repeatedly on the Internet.
But throw people a curveball.
Take the high road.
Don’t get into a back and forth with any previous history tossed your way.
Focus on the positives you have done and unlike Logsdon so far… be specific. Ballpark Commons is already a major talking point for you.
You just might be being baited. Don’t take the bait.
As for voters, consider yourself warned. This is what lies ahead.
Finally, can’t wait for the first ignoramus comment that I’m shilling for Taylor. LOL.