Bob Donovan, Superstar - At Least For Now
At least for now, Bob Donovan stands tall!
As one of the few conservative members of the Milwaukee Common Council, Bob Donovan has had a target on his back for quite some time. This is, after all, the City of Milwaukee. I mean, who needs a guy like Bob Donovan asking questions about spending over $100 million on a two-mile streetcar line or questioning huge spending on police radios that don't work?
Obviously the voters of his District think they do!
Earlier this year, the Common Council passed a redistricting plan aimed specifically at increasing the minority population in Donovan's District. There's no doubt in my mind that lots of people at City Hall enacted this particular plan with a hope towards forcing Donovan out of office.
After Round One, that effort has been an epic fail.
Yesterday, Donovan placed first in a four person primary with a whopping 60% of the vote. While there's still another election to go, Donovan obviously (and deservedly) enjoys a lot of support in his District.
Particularly sweet was the fact that former Milwaukee School Board member (and current left-wing nut job) Jennifer Morales ran third in the Primary with a paltry 252 votes (16%). Ouch!
The Primary election was a low turnout affair and the general election will certainly pose additional challenges for Alderman Donovan.
Still, at least for now, Bob Donovan is one of yesterday's big winners - and you know that has to drive Mayor Barrett and some of Milwaukee's "liberal elite" crazy!