It's certainly entertaining to watch Chris Liebenthal bumble through what he thinks was a persuasive argument to vote for candidate Tracey Corder.
Liebenthal said he was impressed when he interviewed Tracey Corder because she highlighted what he called "positive plans" to restore her district. What's most impressive is how Corder could sit through an interview with Liebenthal and actually understand a word he says - but I digress.
Deanna Alexander, however, did not receive the same glowing endorsement. After all, she doesn't even hold her campaign parties in Milwaukee County. Have mercy! How can Alexander possibly be the better candidate if she does things outside Milwaukee County?
Also, according to Liebenthal, Alexander is an extremist because Wisconsin Family Action endorsed her for the 18th Supervisory District. They are "an extremist right wing group that has been tied to the Koch Brothers." First, according to some liberals, the Koch brothers are tied to pretty much everything. So much so, it gets a little tiring to hear about it. I can all but guarantee that the Koch brothers don't know who Alexander is, so why mention it?
Corder, on the other hand, has excellent endorsements with AFSCME, SEIU, AFL-CIO, the Shepherd Express, and . . . yes . . . Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic! Corder is such a esteemed candidate that Dimitrijevic endorsed her only after first endorsing criminal mastermind Penny Sikora. Apparently, Marina thinks so highly of Corder that she endorsed someone who didn't realize he was gathering signatures in the wrong district thusly disqualifying himself from the ballot.
And here is one of my favorite parts. Liebenthal says, "She [Alexander] attacked Corder because she has many supporters. Alexander boasts that she doesn't get any money from organizations or committees. From the looks of her campaign finance report, it doesn't look like Alexander has been receiving much support except from herself."
Soooooo, Alexander received an endorsement from a right-wing organization, but received no money from them? She is financially tied to nobody, owes no special interest group a thing, and has no special obligation to vote the way they would want her to vote. Alexander has refused to accept donations from organizations for this reason, yet Corder attacked her for receiving a penniless endorsement from some pro-family organization that has little relevance to County government anyway. Corder, however, is tied to the hip with the self-same organizations designed to get taxpayers to pay more for employee wages and benefits. This, however, is acceptable.
Liebenthal summarily lays it out like so, "So you see, the good people of District 18 have a very simple choice. They can vote for the popular, likable and personable Tracey Corder and her positive plan to restore businesses and jobs to her community through economic development and collaboration with her constituents. Or they can vote for the negative, elitist, hypocritical Deanna Alexander who doesn't support her district or the working people in it and is supported by shady hate groups that tamper with and try to rig elections. Again, I endorse Tracey Corder."
Vote for Corder because she is "likable" and "popular" among big labor. And don't forget, she was also endorsed by political heavy-weight Marina Dimitrijevic, but only after the other candidate - whose criminal record of domestic abuse, unemployment fraud, and three restraining orders was apparently a selling point - was disqualified.
One of the best indicators that Deanna Alexander is the better candidate - besides her superior academic and work experience background - is that Liebenthal has endorsed her opponent. So back to the original question, is Deanna Alexander the better candidate for County Supervisor? I can pretty much guarantee the answer is yes.