County Executive Chris Abele has protested that his support of Assembly Bill 85 isn’t personal so frequently that it’s nearly a cliche. The variety of additional follow up comments he has provided have often totally negated the not personal statement on many levels.
But assembly Democrats aren’t helping any by taking the same low road during the Assembly Government Operations Committee discussion of the bill before it was ultimately passed:
Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) repeatedly referred to Abele as a “spoiled rich kid” and “spoiled brat” who pushed the bill because he wasn’t satisfied “getting his way 98% of the time.” Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee) called Abele egotistic, saying that was likely why he fired Parks Director Sue Black last year.
“I think that was because of his ego,” Sinicki said of Black’s firing. “Because – you know what? – she was much more popular than him and he couldn’t handle one of his employees being more popular than him.”
There is no doubt that this is personal for Executive Abele…but there are dozens of valid reasons for Wisconsin to oppose this bill…do we have to stoop to this in opposition? I don’t think so.