Actually Governor Scott Walker was in Glendale (a Milwaukee suburb just north of the city) on Sunday attending a Support The Blue Day rally. I don’t have an issue with that.
But considering the events in Milwaukee Saturday night and his proximity to Sherman Park what he didn’t do is an issue.
He didn’t meet with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett…although according to the media he did talk to him about activating the National Guard per Sheriff David Clarke’s request…but I have found nothing about an actual meeting.
Likewise the media suggests he talked with the sheriff about the National Guard as well…no meeting.
Nor a meeting with the Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn nor Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton nor any other elected officials or community leaders.
He didn’t visit the Sherman Park neighborhood and observe the devastation nor the people from the neighborhood, city, county and neighboring areas that were cleaning up after the riots and holding person to person dialogues in the streets and parks.
As a man of faith he didn’t stop to join a variety of prayer circles organized by both city and suburban churches.
And he didn’t hear what the people most affected were saying about the events or their hopes or their needs.
He didn’t promise to bring some of his 250,000 jobs to Milwaukee’s northside. He didn’t promise state financial help to a beleaguered city of Milwaukee. He didn’t promise additional state aid for education in Milwaukee. He did not offer to find federal grants or aid to help rebuild Milwaukee’s crumbling inner city.
He didn’t for a single moment display any sense of leadership…