“Citizen Dave” Shows the 2006 Wound Never Healed
Interesting little find from the blog of former Mayor of Madison Dave Cieslewicz over at the Isthmus which points out the still open “Madison vs. the Other Left” wound caused by the 2006 Democratic primary for Attorney General between then-AG Peg Lautenschalger and former Dane Co. Executive Kathleen Falk.
In this blog post, “Citizen Dave” is ranking who he would want to see run for Governor in the Walker recall.
Yes, he ranks the likeliest candidate number 6. (Must suck to be a Democrat and examining the bench you have. Wonder if it has a similar feel to being a Cubs fans.)
6. Kathleen Falk. The only serious announced candidate. Upside: Nobody works harder and is better organized or more disciplined. She was a public executive in a big job. Downside: The early “union boss” backing will hurt her in a general. Moreover, the base is not excited about her third attempt at statewide office. Lingering lefty grumpiness for taking on Peg Lautenschlager. (That I do not get. Lautenschlager was the chief law enforcement officer in a state with the biggest drunk driving problem in the nation and she drove drunk. Kathleen was absolutely right to challenge her. It is beyond comprehension that Peg continues to have credibility with the left or any thinking person, for that matter.)
I’m split on this one for a few reasons. Politically, “Citizen Dave” is right. Lautenschlager was dead in the water after the DUI charges. It’s hard to logically not think Democrats wouldn’t want to try to salvage the office of Attorney General.
That being said, it’s amazing to see Cieslewicz just throw Lautenschlager under the bus after all she’s done for Madison liberals over the past year. Pretty sure “Citizen Dave” would remember that it was the legally maneuvering Peg which helped ensure activists had access to the state capitol. You’d think the former mayor of Madison would remembered that, since most of the unions Peg was representing endorsed him during his own re-election fight last year.
Always amazing to see how Madison and Dane Co. continue to think itself the center of the universe. Can’t wait til they whine about losing the WIAA basketball tourneys.