Steve Taylor/Patti Logsdon race heating up, and getting nasty

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.

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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.

9 thoughts on “Steve Taylor/Patti Logsdon race heating up, and getting nasty

  1. There are a number of items in this blog that I believe need much more context:

    1) You stated that Logsdon has gone negative in a “Logsdon campaign ad.” The Logsdon campaign has not put out any ads online other than promoting Patti Logsdon’s fundraiser earlier this week. The ads you are seeing are not from the Logsdon campaign.

    2) Regarding the “17 additional…unnamed.” I am willing to publicly back Patti up on this. I personally helped her verify these as she finished up her initial endorsement list. There actually are that many people, and more than 1/3 of them are current elected officials, that told Patti they would vote for her, would encourage others to, but could not come out publicly out of fear of Taylor’s antics. The guy doesn’t just fight by press release as you claim. He is a bully.

    3) You talk about Steve Taylor’s behavior of time spent years away from Milwaukee County… point taken, yet these are not claims of the Logsdon campaign; and further, PLEASE, let’s DO talk about his behavior since being in Milwaukee County because I can guarantee it is just as appalling.

    4) You claim that Patti Logsdon is running on “glittering generalities,” and yet fail to see the most important aspect of her candidacy – she’s not the weasel of a career politician and aggressive, self-interested bully that Taylor is. For that alone, we ought to be putting glitter right on the ballots surrounding her name, generalities be darned.

    5) Thank you for stating on your own that Taylor is not statesmanlike. I recommend bolding it and increasing the font size to about 72. That might begin to touch the tip of the iceberg on how he treats people when he’s not courting them to get something he wants.

    6) I would love to see a blog from you on how Taylor has on his campaign webpage / literature that he was against putting parking meters in the Milwaukee County Parks System, and yet *voted for it* in the budget.

    Deanna Alexander
    Milwaukee County Supervisor, and
    Endorser of Patti Logsdon for County Board

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  2. Well isn’t this interesting. Within moments after I posted here was Supervisor Alexander responding. I wonder which Logsdon minion got to Alexander, whom I’ve supported for years. Not sure she’s ever read my blog, but welcome Deanna. Hope you keep reading. “The Logsdon campaign has not put out any ads online other than promoting Patti Logsdon’s fundraiser earlier this week. The ads you are seeing are not from the Logsdon campaign.”

    My response; Well so what. These are people supporting Logsdon. neither you nor Logsdon has publicly condemned the ads. Care to do it now? I offer you the opportunity.

    You also wrote: “Regarding the ’17 additional…unnamed.’ I am willing to publicly back Patti up on this. I personally helped her verify these as she finished up her initial endorsement list. There actually are that many people, and more than 1/3 of them are current elected officials, that told Patti they would vote for her, would encourage others to, but could not come out publicly out of fear of Taylor’s antics. The guy doesn’t just fight by press release as you claim. He is a bully.”|

    What if I say I don’t believe you? And if Taylor is such a bully, why do you stand side by side with him at news conferences? i can post pictures.

    You also wrote: “You claim that Patti Logsdon is running on “glittering generalities,” and yet fail to see the most important aspect of her candidacy – she’s not the weasel of a career politician and aggressive, self-interested bully that Taylor is. For that alone, we ought to be putting glitter right on the ballots surrounding her name, generalities be darned.”

    Sorry, Deanna. My vote is so important that I need to hear specifics. Generalities be darned ?Are you serious? I always had a high regard for you. I’m glad you’re not my supervisor.

    Believing you to be conservative and in support of economic I not too long long ago respectfully requested you support Ballpark Commons when it came up for a vote in the County Board.

    You did not, for reasons I have no explanation, except that it was personal against Steve Taylor given your comments here, voted for Ballpark Commons. You voted against.

    You have a problem with Steve Taylor? Other than personal, tell me and my readers and everyone else, why. Believe me, I’m all ears.

    Otherwise, you’ve lost me, and the next time I hear you on the radio, I switch somewhere else.

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  3. Well, hello there…

    1) Yes, I have read your blog. Probably about 5 times in the past couple of years. I think I discovered today how to subscribe. 🙂

    2) On “standing side by side with him at a news conference…” Yep, of course, there are pictures…. Go back and look at the press releases… that was my news conference, unveiling a budget amendment that I wrote, and the greater good at that time was passing an effective budget, so why wouldn’t I accept help, even if from a rival, in doing what is right for Milwaukee County? Perhaps you should go watch the unedited footage from that news conference and watch how Taylor repeatedly took over the podium and turned it into a “bash Chris Abele in front of the TV cameras” session, rather than a “promote a good budget” message like he was supposed to help with. Perhaps as well, consider how he then went along with the rest of the County Board anyway; how he gutted projects in his own district from the budget unnecessarily; and how he supported the parking meters in the parks. When Mark Belling talks about politicians “going native”… this nonsense from Taylor is the kind of stuff he is talking about.

    P.S. Many, many people had photos with Harvey Weinstein prior to coming out and publicly calling him a bully. I get it that it might be appealing to be edgy by “calling me out,” but what you’re really doing is victim-blaming. Might I suggest that the next time a woman tells you she has been bullied, a trauma-informed approach where you reach out to ask if you could help her tell her story, could be mutually beneficial.

    3) I don’t disagree that your vote is important, and I don’t blame you or anyone else for wanting to hear specifics… but about what? Your claim, itself, was a generality. Yes, details matter; my point is only that if you have an abusive jerk in office, it’s much better to go with someone who actually stands on principle, even if they don’t have the same level of experience. It’s true that Taylor has more political experience, and as a result will know many more details about present county matters than Logsdon; but Logsdon is a not only a smart conservative, but a kind person with a conscience, and in my book, that matters a great deal.

    4) You cite asking for my support for the Ballpark Commons when it came up for a vote on the County Board; and yes, I recall. I find it interesting that you wanted me to listen to your desire, despite that you say you are glad I am not your Supervisor. But, nonetheless, listen, I did; because I respect the fact that you contacted me to share your opinion. And then I discovered that the developer was out of compliance with other County contracts. When I brought this to the attention of the parks department, they, too, were surprised and had to take swift legal action to get things addressed. So, no, my vote against Ballpark commons had nothing to do with Taylor, and everything to do with whether or not it was a good deal for the taxpayers in the way things were arranged. If you were to review my voting record, you would find that (unlike Steve Taylor) I do not place vindictive votes based on the author of the legislation or the district it is in. I have both supported and opposed things written by Steve Taylor, Chris Abele, even the renowned Marina Dimitrijevic.

    5) I am so glad you asked why I have a problem with Steve Taylor. However, you ask for a reason “other than personal.” That’s exactly the problem – with Steve Taylor – he makes everything personal. And I can’t wait for you to hear all about it. I decided recently to publicly share some of my concerns about Steve. The details will be available soon. Granted, I’m sure John Nelson could share everything I said to the crowd at Patti’s fundraiser since he showed up there to harass Patti’s endorsers on Steve’s behalf.

    In closing, I’m really sorry that you feel the way you do. I thought I could help shed light on things going on by commenting on your blog and I am really surprised at your responses. I have no doubt that once our respective candidates in this election are done with their campaigns, you and I will go back to seeing eye to eye.

    Deanna Alexander
    Milwaukee County Supervisor
    and Endorser of Patti Logsdon for County Board

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  6. Belling described Logsdon today as “the gold standard” for the county board and complimented Deanna Alexander’s work on the county board as well. Works for me.

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