I purposely waited a few days before writing this. I wanted to give time for the sharpness of the disappointment from Tuesday's election to wear off. More importantly, I wanted to give you the time and the privacy to say goodbye and mourn for the loss of your cherished grandmother. I know all too well that kind of pain.
Despite the result not being what you, I or many, many other Milwaukeeans wanted, you should keep your head up with pride. You had more support and generated more enthusiasm than any candidate in Milwaukee had done as long as I can remember. Not only that, you, like the marathon runner you are, kept a steady pace and never faltered from running a positive campaign full of solid and doable ideas to resolve the multitude of worsening problems facing Milwaukee County.
Have no doubt that you were the best man for the job and were widely supported throughout the county. That was evidenced in the primary where you outright beat your opponent, even though many people didn't recognize your name. (After Act 10, I don't understand that at all, but there it is.)
Your opponent knew that as well. Why else would he spend over $5 million just to drag your good name through the mud and throw every imaginable lie - regardless of how ridiculous - out there to see if anything stuck. I still shake my head in befuddlement that your opponent thought it would be a good idea to try to compare you to his mentor, Scott Walker.
Likewise, no one believes you are a racist. We all know that the sellout senator, Lena Taylor, got her feelings hurt when you removed her from the Joint Finance Committee, not because she was black, but because she continuously sold out Milwaukee by gleefully going along with Abele and their Republican friends in ruining our community. It is indicative of how desperate your opponent was when he arranged for his staffer, Michelle Bryant, and Taylor to spend all day Monday and Tuesday trying to besmirch you on WNOPE, er, WNOV.
The simple fact that you were endorsed by people such as Congresswoman Gwen Moore, the Honorable Vel Phillips, State Senator Nikiya Harris and State Representatives David Bowen, LaTonya Johnson and Mandella Barnes is proof enough of the respect you have from and for the African-American community.
No, my friend, you did not really lose the election as much as your opponent used his daddy's checkbook to buy it. And even then, I don't know that he would have won then if it wasn't the sudden surge by the Republicans to get to the polls because they didn't like Donald Trump. If their leading presidential candidate had been someone they liked and had a comfortable lead, they wouldn't have turned out nearly in the numbers they did and your opponent would have gone down in defeat, like he did in the primary.
In closing, on behalf of my wife and myself, as well as my union brothers and sisters and most of Milwaukee, thank you again to do what so many others were afraid to try. You did well and I am proud to have supported you.
Say hi to Jessica and the kids for me.
In warm regards,
Chris "capper" Liebenthal
PS: I still have your yard sign. If you don't mind, I'd like to hang on to it in hopes that I can proudly plant it in a prominent spot in my yard in 2020.