To say Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan has made a career out of being “tough on crime” would be an understatement. Ald. Donovan has never shied away from attacking Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn, but Ald. Donovan is no stranger to criminal behavior, as this citation from 1992 demonstrates:
Here’s a copy of the narrative attached to the citation issued to Donovan, which states in part, “Donovan stated that he had frequented the Mitchell Hall restroom for years for the purpose of either watching men masturbate…”
Now I understand this is just one incident from way back in 1992 and that people make mistakes, but I can’t help but wonder how Bob Donovan has been able to not only keep the incident largely under wraps while also managing to cultivate a “tough on crime” reputation as an elected official.
What’s more, I can’t help but wonder if the folks from the police union that endorsed Ald. Donovan are aware of his arrest record, and if they’re not, why? It would seem logical that the union representing Milwaukee’s police officers should know that an elected official that union endorsed has a record of criminal behavior, especially if that criminal behavior is as jaw-dropping as Bob Donovan’s.