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Milwaukee County’s 100 Day War

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on January 1, 2011

From Milwaukee County First:

It looks like things are about to get interesting in Milwaukee County.

County Executive Lee Holloway announced his 32 person transition team, which includes an eclectic group of some very interesting names.  As one pundit noted, that is more than twice the size of President Obama’s transition team.

Two other things of note from today’s press conference is that it appears that Holloway, despite saying otherwise yesterday, just might be considering appointing himself as the interim county executive until April’s election.  From his release (emphasis ours):

“This Committee comprises a broad cross-section of individuals from all political persuasions and every walk of life,” County Executive Holloway said. “Not only does this diverse team reflect the populace of Milwaukee County, all of these individuals have excelled in their areas of expertise. My transition staff and I will be tapping this experience to help set the stage for the next 100 days and beyond.

That would tie in with his other announcement, which is that he is throwing his name in the ever-growing list of candidates for county executive to complete the current term, which will have one year remaining.

If Holloway does appoint himself as the interim county executive, that means he would have to resign his position as a Supervisor and as Chairman of theBoard.

In fact, as another indicator that this very well may happen is that some supervisors are already jockeying themselves to make a push to become the next Board Chair.  Among those trying to position themselves are Supervisors Marina Dimitrijevic and John Weishan.

With Holloway running for county executive, at least three supervisor chairs empty, and who knows how many of the remaining supervisors scrambling for the Chair’s chair, the next 100 days could prove to be rather interesting.

But unlike when Scott Walker was obsessed with his gubernatorial election and nothing got accomplished, it would not be surprising if a lot of ideas are floated out there and a lot of bold actions being taken.  Unfortunately, there is no reason to believe all, or even many, of these ideas and actions will be positive ones.


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