The majority of voters in the Steve Taylor/Patti Logsdon county supervisor race Tuesday, 53% to be exact, supported one ultra-wealthy elected official using his personal bank account to finance a massive smear campaign on numerous mailers and video ads to oust an elected official he wanted gone.
Welcome to local politics 2018.
Some folks in the district reported getting 8 by 11 multi-colored brochures slamming Steve Taylor in the mail…daily. Daily!
Taylor himself managed three mailers.
The anti-Taylor money machine was orchestrated by one individual…Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele who spent well in excess of $100,000 of his own cash to get rid of Taylor. He tried to buy an election, something I though most Wisconsin voters generally would not have appreciated. Until now. Abele’s tactic worked. That’s scary, and should be chilling to most voters in these parts, because Abele is going to do it again.
Abele went after five (5) supervisors with loads of cash and was able to defeat two (2). That’s a batting average of .400, a performance that quite frankly is off the charts. So you can bet more election-buying money is just waiting to be spent.
Not a problem. No big deal. So what. Just ask the Logsdon voters from Tuesday.
This is a dangerous precedent. To fully understand you have to look beyond Tuesday’s results and consider future elections.
What happened Tuesday might make it difficult to know what lies ahead.
Consider that Logsdon is a conservative while Abele is not. Yet Abele wanted Logsdon in. One would assume that Logsdon will vote against the liberal Abele when given the opportunity.
But as I’ve posted in the past, Logsdon responded to one of my blogs back in February:
There is a new group of candidates who are willing to improve relations between the legislative and executive branch of Milwaukee County and I will join that movement.
In other words, improve relations with Chris Abele.
That sounds like an olive branch that Abele knew would never be extended by Taylor.
BTW, most people where I live didn’t vote for Abele. I’m not sure they want the County Board to, as Logsdon wrote me, “improve relations between the legislative and executive branch of Milwaukee County.”
As Jay Weber, a Logsdon supporter, noted on his WISN program today, Abele has made it clear. Mess with me and I will take you out with spending you couldn’t possibly come close to matching.
If you’re not concerned about that then our communities are in big trouble.