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Violating Rules #1 and #2 For Running For A County Office

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on January 29, 2011

Came home tonight to find this in the old inbox:

Steven Kraeger has registered as candidate for Milwaukee County Supervisor in District #14.

Steve is focusing on the economy and has rallied around Gov. Scott Walker’s “Wisconsin is open for Business” declaration by using the motto,  “Milwaukee County is open for Business”.

Steve, who prides himself as being a fiscal conservative, hopes to bring in new business and job growth for Milwaukee County and that he can attract business by keeping taxes and government expenses down through auditing the Milwaukee County budget.

Along with the economy, he wants to attack other issues like addressing the problem of the crumbling Hoan Bridge, MMSD dumping sewerage into Lake Michigan, transportation, political corruption, smaller government, and clean beaches and parks.  If elected, he plans of having listening sessions every 30 days.

Steve is the owner of a trucking company and has invested in real estate development.  He has been a lifetime resident in the Milwaukee area and has lived in Milwaukee County District #14 for 28 years.

For more information on issues and Steve Kraeger visit his website at www.milwaukeesupervisor-stevenkraeger.com or, you can call Steve at [redacted].  Email:  [redacted]

Well, it appears that Mr. Kraeger, whoever he is, has violated the first two rules of running for a Milwaukee County office.

But first, let us parse this press release, shall we?

Steve is focusing on the economy and has rallied around Gov. Scott Walker’s “Wisconsin is open for Business” declaration by using the motto,  “Milwaukee County is open for Business”.

Um, Steve, Walker isn’t creating any jobs, his slogan is laughable and laughed at, and so is yours.

Steve, who prides himself as being a fiscal conservative, hopes to bring in new business and job growth for Milwaukee County and that he can attract business by keeping taxes and government expenses down through auditing the Milwaukee County budget.

See the previous point.  In addition, the county budget is audited a number of times each year to make sure it’s on track.  But it’s the next one that is the doozy:

Along with the economy, he wants to attack other issues like addressing the problem of the crumbling Hoan Bridge, MMSD dumping sewerage into Lake Michigan, transportation, political corruption, smaller government, and clean beaches and parks.  If elected, he plans of having listening sessions every 30 days.

Hooey, where to start?

  • The Hoan Bridge, that’s a state issue and the repairs and redecking have already been ordered, in case you haven’t noticed.
  • MMSD is a city thing and not under county jurisdiction.
  • Political corruption? But you say you’re with Walker? Which one is it? Walker’s office was/is politically corrupt.  Either you’re with Walker or you’re against corruption, but you can’t be both.
  • Pushing smaller government is not congruent with a good transit system or clean beaches and parks.  In case you weren’t paying attention, and it appear you haven’t been, Walker has cut staff at transit and the parks, and both have suffered greatly for these cuts.
You see, Mr. Kraeger, the first rule to running for an office in Milwaukee County is to know what the hell it is that you are talking about.  You obviously don’t.  And what little information you do have apparently comes from talk radio, which is not a very good source of reliable information.
By not knowing even the most fundamental responsibilities of the job you are applying for eliminates you automatically.  After all, would you, as an owner of a trucking company, hire a driver that couldn’t drive?  Of course not!  For that same reason, you do not deserve to have a position as county supervisor.
Oh, and the second rule which you violated…Don’t ever let me get my hands on stuff like this.
BTW, if you had been with me earlier this evening, you could have met your next supervisor, Jason Haas.  Jason is a really smart guy who does know what he is talking about and does want to improve Milwaukee County.

 

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