I first met State Senator Lena Taylor about six years ago, when she was running against Scott Walker for the position of Milwaukee County Executive.
folkbum's rambles and rants at that time, and I fought hard to try to get her elected. Sadly, her campaign was very poorly managed and was an utter flop. I remember feeling more than a little angry when it seemed like that I was working harder on the campaign than her campaign staff was. I grew even more miffed when I learned her her campaign manager* was lying through his teeth to me.
But she was such an amiable person that I didn't stay mad long.
In 2011, when Taylor and her other senators fled the country to give the people a chance to recognize the harm that Scott Walker and the Republicans were causing to the state, I cheered her on as did so many other Wisconsinites.
But something happened.
She is no longer the champion of the people nor for her own constituents.
It started a year and a half ago, when Taylor went against her constituents and against Milwaukee by supporting the reckless concealed carry law, comparing guns to works of art. When you have an area that has such a high level of gun-related crimes as they do in her district, the last thing one wants to do is introduce more guns.
Last year, she fought against members of her own party, especially Sandy Pasch, during the election, jeopardizing the few seats that the Democrats were winning.
Earlier this year, she was seen standing behind Scott Walker as he was pushing the mining bill, complete with the lies that it would create jobs right away, much less that those jobs would go to Wisconsinites.
And now she has come out as a cosponsor of the plutocratic power grab which will eliminate local level representation for people in her district, not to mention raise taxes and cuts services on the poorest and most vulnerable of her constituents.
To recap, in the last year and a half, she has back-stabbed her own party, her state, her county, her city and her own constituents.
I would say that last year, when we swept out the sell outs like Jason Fields and Elizabeth Coggs, it appears we missed at least one more. We will have to make sure we correct that mistake the next time she comes up for reelection.
At least Senator Chris Larson, Senate Minority Leader, had the foresight to take her off the important Joint Finance Committee. Who knows what damage she could have done then.
With Democrats like Taylor, who needs Republicans?
*That same fellow is now working for Abele and is still telling lies. Coincidence to Taylor's latest treachery?