So it looks like Democratic State Rep. David Cullen might be considering a run in Milwaukee County’s 15th supervisory district, a seat currently held by retiring County Supervisor Lynne DeBruin. No doubt Cullen’s decision to consider a run for the County Board is due in large part to Republican redistricting that will make Rep. Cullen’s district much harder for Democrats to hold onto in 2012, but the fact that he’s considering a run adds an interesting wrinkle to a race that otherwise had the makings of becoming a Dan Cody cakewalk.
Needless to say Dan Cody, who’s believed by some as the frontrunner in the race to succeed Sup. DeBruin, is not the slightest bit happy about the possibility of David Cullen entering the race, attacking Cullen as a “career politician” while also seemingly taking shots at other “career politicians” seeking new positions, folks like Democratic State Sens. Spencer Coggs and Tim Carpenter, as well as current County Supervisor Johnny Thomas, all of whom have indicated their intentions to run for City of Milwaukee Treasurer and Comptroller.
However, the problems facing Milwaukee County right now need fresh ideas from new leaders, not a career politician who is suddenly interested in a new job as an Alderman, Comptroller, Treasurer or County Supervisor simply because he is worried about losing his Assembly seat in November of next year.
While I understand all too well why Dan Cody wants to dissuade anyone from running against him for a seat on the County Board, I think a contested race would be a heck of a lot of fun to watch, especially considering how negative Cody went after just one press release from David Cullen.