Apparently Milwaukee Alderman Ashanti Hamilton has the votes to successfully challenge Ald. Michael Murphy for Milwaukee Common Council president, aided in part by conservatives like “Bathroom” Bob Donovan and Mark Borkowski, as well as a bloc of African American alders and Tony Zielinski.
But on Monday afternoon, a group of eight council members released a statement voicing their support for Hamilton. That would be enough for Hamilton to win the election at a meeting Tuesday, which is scheduled for 9 a.m.
That group includes Aldermen Milele Coggs, Zielinski, Russell Stamper, Bob Donovan and Mark Borkowski, as well as Chantia Lewis, Cavalier Johnson and Khalif Rainey, who joined the council Monday.
Interestingly enough, Ashanti Hamilton’s challenge to Ald. Murphy – as well as the group of supporters of that challenge – drew praise from longtime Republican political operative Craig Peterson, who’s worked hard to find conservative challengers to incumbent alders in Milwaukee, with Peterson saying he saw “great things to come” from Hamilton’s challenge to Ald. Murphy.
It’s disconcerting to see progressives joining forces with conservatives to oust another progressive as Common Council president, but I suppose they have their reasons for their support of Ald. Murphy’s ouster as Common Council prseident – whatever those reasons may be.