Posts tagged ‘Mark Neumann’

August 17, 2010

Scott Walker, college dropouts, and media coverage

by thoughtfulconservative

Two friends (at least online friends) posted recently on remarks Scott Walker made to reporters after the debate in Oconomowoc. They based their posts on this article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel which “quoted” Scott Walker as saying,

Walker said he didn’t graduate because he got a job and he suggested that in the current economy college students close to graduating might consider doing the same.

Pretty plain and they drew their conclusions.

Might not be as simple.

At least when you look at the report on WITI channel 6  locally, which seems to have the entire quote. Here’s what Walker said,

“Bottom line is, I was offered a job. Like any person going into their senior year, right now particularly in this economy, if they were offered a job their senior year of college, I think most people these days would take it. That’s what I did at the American Red Cross.”

Kinda different to me. And I don’t necessarily blame the Journal Sentinel reporter although I would encourage him to work on that. But the quote in the Journal Sentinel, if read alone, is misleading.

Therefore my conclusions would be different from Chris and Cindy (although I don’t presume to think I’m changing anyone’s mind here).

Here’s my paraphrase of what Walker said:

In this economy, any senior who got a good job offer like I did at the Red Cross, might consider leaving school, since their prospects are dim even if they stay in school.

It goes without saying that it’s up to interpretation.

The Left’s other concern is voiced by Xoff,

Scott Walker, the degree-less candidate for governor, continues to describe his college career in ways that are terribly misleading if not outright fibs.

Xoff, in a magnanimous moment, says something I’ve been thinking about since this issue came up,

I don’t care whether he has a degree or not. Many dropouts, from Bill Gates to Lady Gaga to your truly (who falls somewhere in between those two) have had some success.

I don’t look at a candidate’s educational qualifications that much when deciding on a candidate. Certainly Mark Neumann and Tom Barrett are very well educated. Scott Walker does have experience running a government with a legislative body of the opposite persuasion. He’s won elections in a county that usually votes overwhelmingly Democratic.

I haven’t decided between the two yet, but I certainly wouldn’t rule out Walker because he didn’t finish college.

August 7, 2010

“Republicans draw few contrasts in governor debate”

by thoughtfulconservative

Republican candidates for governor Scott Walker and Mark Neumann drew few contrasts on Friday in the first of three debates before the Sept. 14 primary.


There’s a reason for that–they’re both conservative!

The rest of the crap that’s happened in this campaign is because there is basically no ideological difference between Walker and Neumann.

So it’s degenerated, for the most part into “You do this.” No, I don’t.” kind of campaign.

Distasteful to many (mostly in SE Wisconsin) who would simply like to anoint Scott Walker as the Republican nominee, I’m sure, it will be invaluable should Walker (yes, he still has to win the primary) win the nomination.

The only question is if such bitter campaigning leaves the winner without the support of the loser.

August 5, 2010

Barrett, Neumann, Walker agree!

by thoughtfulconservative

The three major candidates for governor in Wisconsin are united in their opposition to toll roads for all drivers.

via Today’s TMJ4.

Refreshing, isn’t it?

August 5, 2010

At least one debate will happen…

by thoughtfulconservative

Republican gubernatorial candidates Mark Neumann and Scott Walker will participate in a ground-breaking 60-minute, commercial-free, town hall meeting originating from Eckstein Hall, the new Marquette University Law School building. It will be broadcast statewide on Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 7 to 8 p.m.


Contrary to what seems like common wisdom among front-running politicians, debates are good.

Here are some suggestions:

1. Please don’t get into a pissing contest to prove which one is the most conservative/outsider/supported/etc. Not interested.

2. Tell me what you hope to accomplish. Make it as specific as you can.

3. Be ready to defend what you did while holding public office. Don’t give me spin.

4. Don’t make stuff up. We will eventually find out and you will be embarrassed by it later.

There’s probably more, but that will do for now.

June 25, 2010

Mark Neumann needs to take a chill pill

by thoughtfulconservative

Last week, I criticized Christian Slater Schneider (I promise I was sober when I wrote this post. Thanks Badger Blogger) for being too harsh on Mark Neumann, now I’ll agree with him.

Most of my readers have heard of the unfortunate accident of a section of the O’Donnell parking garage falling and killing a teen and injuring two others. Playground Politics posted about it and noted,

After giving family and friends time to mourn, it’ll be interesting to see how and when Mark Neumann and Tom Barrett approach this, and more importantly, how the Walker campaign addresses what could become a very thorny issue.

Well, it seems Mark Neumann couldn’t even wait till Monday. Today Christian tweeted, “Boy, I’m totally fooled by Mark Neumann’s attempt to make look like he isn’t blaming @ScottKWalker for killing people. He referenced this press release, which said,

“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.

“Government’s legitimate functions include providing safe infrastructure for its citizens. This concern must be paramount.

“It is clear that along with this latest tragedy, the county courthouse, the Zoo Interchange, and the Hoan Bridge, a number of structures in Milwaukee County are in various stages of disrepair. A full investigation and safety review is absolutely warranted, particularly for structures and facilities that have already been flagged for critical problems.

“This is heartbreaking. Sue and I are deeply sorry to hear of this terrible loss and the families are in our prayers.”

This press release could have been done just as effectively without paragraphs 2 and 3 and should have been. There is plenty of time for recriminations after the investigation. It’s extremely callous and in poor taste to use this so early for political gain.

Interestingly, Mayor Tom Barrett has not released anything yet, perhaps proving once again that Democrats are more compassionate than Republicans (No, I don’t believe that so no nasty comments please).

I’m pretty much neutral at the moment, but, Mr. Neumann, your desperation is showing. Yes, it has to be frustrating that you lost the endorsement by such a wide margin, but chill. Really. You’re not gaining yourself any friends by such displays of overeagerness.

May 15, 2010

Noted 05-15-2010

by thoughtfulconservative

Mark Neumann spurned the Republican Party hierarchy on Thursday, saying he won’t pursue the party’s endorsement for governor.

So does this mean he’s going to run as an independent?

Dozens of illnesses reported after Waukesha County fund-raising luncheon. I think it was the Democrats. Everyone knows the  Country Springs is a Republican hangout. 🙂

Session scheduled on proposed Waukesha west bypass.

Salary increases proposed for Waukesha County officials. Can I get one, too?

Former Waukesha Mayor Larry Nelson will return to the classroom in the fall after the Waukesha School Board approved a contract with him Wednesday, the same night it also voted to send layoff notices to 18 full-time teachers.

In approving Nelson’s return, the school board was honoring a contractual agreement that allowed him to go on unpaid leave for four years when Nelson was elected mayor in 2006, Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray said.

Former Waukesha mayor Nelson returning to classroom. Isn’t that special? Nothing like job security.

Less than a month into his term as Waukesha’s new mayor, Jeff Scrima is taking exception to aldermen who are embarking on their own public relations battle over the city’s quest for Lake Michigan water.

Common Council President Paul Ybarra, Ald. Joan Francoeur and Ald. Rick Tortomasi are meeting with representatives of the City of Milwaukee on Wednesday while Scrima announced Friday that he would have the first of some upcoming meetings with three Milwaukee aldermen May 24.

Scrima said he asked Ybarra to wait and join in Scrima’s meeting, but Ybarra declined.

Rift emerges between new Waukesha mayor, aldermen in water talks. The Boy Mayor learns how hard it is for the mayor to do anything in a weak mayor government.