April 8, 2004
Ah, sweet mysteries of life
The insiders cannot figure out why well-funded David Halbrooks lost to under-funded Valarie Hill for Milwaukee Municipal Judge.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnists Spivak & Bice are perplexed because uber-consultant Bill Christofferson of Norquist, Kohl and Doyle notoriety handled the Halbrooks campaign. Halbrooks spent more than $200,000 while Hill spent only $34,000. Besides, write S&B, Halbooks had the endorsement of notoriously conservative Milwaukee Police, not to mention the Firefighters.
The envelope please. The reason? Easy, the Shepherd Express endorsed Hill, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel endorsed Halbrooks. There seems to be a pattern. MJS endorsed Claude Krawczyk, the Shepherd endorsed Bob Bauman for the Common Council. Bauman won.
MJS endorsed incumbent Court of Appeals judge Charles Schudson, the Shepherd endorsed Joan Kessler. Kessler won a squeaker. MJS gave a luke-warm endorsement of Barrett, the Shepherd gave a strong one.
Ah, the mystery is solved. Candidates in the future will line up outside the Shepherd Express and forget all about MJS. Spivak & Bice concluded, "Folks in Halbrooks' camp haven't figured out how they lost a race that was theirs for the taking."
We figured it out.
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