Sadly, the people were to be sorely disappointed.
Abele turned out to be as much a failure as Walker was - if not more so.
Even though Abele's only been office for two years, he's crammed an incredible amount of failure into that short time.
Not only has he done nothing to restore vital services like the parks and transit system, he's actually tried to cause more harm on top of that which Walker inflicted on Milwaukee County, such as trying to end the Emergency Medical System.
He's also failed in protecting our most vulnerable citizens, even to a greater degree than Walker did (emphasis mine):
Milwaukee County deputies are investigating a reported patient sexual assault by another patient at the county Mental Health Complex, the Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.There have also continued to be many incidents of physical aggression and at least one case of severe self-mutilation. Yet, despite the serious threat that some of the people pose, Abele is continuing to actively pursue his plan to move them into the community, even though there are insufficient resources to keep them or the public safe.
The incident happened early Monday, according to the department. No further details were released.
Since 2011, the Sheriff's Department has investigated 19 cases of possible sexual assault. But Paula Lucey, who heads the county's Behavioral Health Division, said in a statement that none of those cases had been confirmed as sex assaults by the Sheriff's Department or the Milwaukee County district attorney.
It's not only in the provision of services that Abele is failing miserably.
He is also apparently a very bad boss, as evidenced by the fact that no one wants to work for him.
Of course, the reluctance to work for him stems from his tendency to fire people on a whim, as he did with Sue Black and Frank Busalacchi. Even when Abele does have someone who is willing to work for him, he can't inspire them enough to even get them to move to Milwaukee County to do so.
So now he has at least three major positions unfilled in his cabinet. To fill the Parks Director position, Abele has had to resort to hiring a headhunter firm. But to make matters even worse, he couldn't find a local firm to handle the job and is pumping $23,000 in county taxpayer dollars to Harrisburg, PA to find someone willing to work for him.
Apparently job creation isn't a priority for him either.
One of the few people willing to work for Abele is Patrick Farley, who almost lost his job when it tried to frame former county supervisor Johnny Thomas for bribery. That's sure to help bring good candidates in for all of the openings.
cripple the county board and concentrating even more power in the hands of a person who can't do his job as it is. Well, I suppose it's not really all that baffling. They want an incompetent fool like Abele to have full power so as not to impede their pillaging and profiteering off of the county taxpayers.
Ed Heinzelman at Blogging Blue nailed it on the head with this money quote:
And the fight over the form our future county government will take comes down to power…of the executive branch over the rule making (legislative) board. And what would be the purpose of all that on the part of County Executive Abele and his cohort if the board wasn’t ‘checking’ their own personal agendas?
Indeed, the board might not be perfect, but that is more due a handful of the supervisors as opposed to the board itself.
Likewise, the county is not in the greatest of shape. But for those Abele acolytes who want to lay the blame on the board, they would do best to remember that if it weren't for the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, things would be much, much worse.