Before I explain the title, I think it’s important to explain a little bit about myself for those that don’t know.
I have political aspirations. No, I don’t want to be president. My dream is to serve on a lower level, where you still have a feel for your voters and can actually accomplish something. My dream would be to some day serve in the state assembly or state senate. I start this dream with a large disadvantage. Specifically, I am not affiliated with any of the big political parties. I see myself as an independent and would run as such, no small feat.
What scares me about this eventual run for public office is the way a campaign needs to be run these days to win. It’s no longer about you, it’s about how bad the other person is. I’m sorry, that is not me. So in addition to being an independent, I don’t have plans to drag my opponents into the sewer. I now have two big disadvantages.
The race for supreme court has gone a long way to make me lose all faith in our political system. This is supposed to be a non-partisan race, for JUDGE! For a position that should hold ethics in the highest standards. Not even these guys can run a clean campaign! The only hope left for politics is for local races.
That hope got destroyed by a mailing I received on Friday. My business is located in Schofield. Schofield’s mayor Jim Krause passed away last fall and therefore there is no incumbent. The two candidates for mayor are both aldermen on the city council.
The mailing I received was from candidate Kevin Fabel. He has been on the council a couple of years now. It was a full page, front and back, of pure hate versus his opponent, Al Bremer. The Wausau Daily Herald has even picked up on this.
Kevin said that he is better than Al because, among other things, he is single (Al has a family), he has a degree in engineering (Al doesn’t), Al is self-employed. I could go on, but it hurts just thinking about it.
I used to be very active in Schofield politics. I had served on Schofield’s Long-Term Planning Committee at the request of Mayor Krause representing Schofield business-owner interests. I will openly admit that I have had MAJOR disagreements with both Kevin and Al. However, with Kevin, the disagreements were based on his lack of experience (on the council and in life in general). I have no doubt that Kevin took these disagreements personally and probably doesn’t like me very much. With Al, we just had a different vision for the city. However, the Al that I would go head to head with in council chambers was not the same Al before or after the meeting, where we would share friendly small talk about the day or week.
If there is fairness in the world, this mailing will back-fire. In my drives this weekend, I did notice a few houses that had Fabel signs up don’t any more. On the Daily Herald’s blog, two people are changing their vote.
In his mailing, he says that having a degree in engineering makes him a problem solver. During my time active with Schofield’s government, he was more of a problem causer.
My last hope for politics is that an apology comes out before the election. That is unlikely. In the paper, Kevin saw nothing wrong with his comments. Is this something I really want to subject myself to? We all wonder why there are never any really good choices on the ballot. This is why. What good, hard-working person who all they want to do is serve want to run for public office if it requires going through stuff like this?
It is truly a sad day for local politics.