his daddy issues.
This behavior continued in his five years as Milwaukee County Emperor. He used his daddy's money to buy off Republicans in the state legislature to pass bills he wanted whenever he didn't get his way. Such bills include the power usurping bill, the creation of the non-elected taxing authority puppet Mental Health Board and the attempt to eliminate living wage laws across the state.
Likewise, he used his vast wealth as leverage with the Democrats, getting them to go along or, at the very least, keep quiet about his maleficent actions against Milwaukee and against other Democrats.
When Chris Larson announced his candidacy against Abele, I pointed out that Abele was very vulnerable because he had alienated large groups of people in the community.
Abele is already working hard to overcome his unpopularity by - you guessed it - buying people off.
For example, Abele angered a lot of people at MATC (Milwaukee Area Technical College) when he bypassed appointing a Milwaukeean to their board in favor for a conservative manufacturer from Mequon. Abele has now cut a huge check to the MATC Promise program in an effort to help people forget how he screwed them over.
Abele is well known for his attacks on Labor, not just the public sector unions but also the private sector ones. To overcome this, Abele has decided to try to buy off the trades unions by cutting them a quarter million dollar check for their training program. Abele's goal is obviously to split the unions that have expressed support for Larson. Apparently Abele has forgotten the strength of solidarity.
One of Abele's most egregious acts was his deal with the Republicans to take over Milwaukee Public Schools. Despite his protestations to the contrary, Abele has been a longtime advocate for privatizing schools. He even stood with Sheldon Lubar when they announced that MPS was their next target.
Now Abele is trying to calm the teachers union and the angry parents by exceeding his authority even further by proposing a "high-quality early childhood program." In English, he wants to take over the preschools as well. What better way to brainwash the kiddies early on?
There is little doubt that more of these stories will surface in the coming months as Abele becomes more desperate to buy his reelection. After all, if he loses this election, it would make it much more difficult for him to run for governor in 2018.