Abele had previously returned the preliminary plan unsigned. In his message to the board about the final plan, he wrote, “The intent of the process has appeared to be to preserve the status quo, and with multiple supervisors retiring, the board easily could have streamlined by several more seats.”
But the plan passed by a 13-6 vote, the minimum needed to override a veto. Abele said a “symbolic veto” would be meaningless.
I’ve long maintained that reducing the size of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors by just one seat didn’t make much sense, but I suppose it makes perfect sense when put into proper context, that context being the desire of certain board members to not only eliminate a political opponent, but to strengthen their prospects of becoming the next County Board Chair.
After all, elminating the seats of retiring supervisors Lynne De Bruine and Lee Holloway (and then making appropriate adjustments to the remaining seats) would have been a logical and easy way to redistrict and reduce the size of the County Board, but eliminating those two seats would have eliminated two potential allies for those on the County Board with loftier ambitions.