Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Sources told WISN’s Mark Belling that
Belling went on the air Thursday and ripped
On Friday, Belling followed up, reporting that
How many fences can
Belling said more than once this week that the vote for the Chairman of the Milwaukee County Board is a “big deal.” I submit
Yes, the vote for the County Board Chair is a big deal, and Taylor, who does read my blog, now finds himself after catching a ton of heat to be in a real political pickle.
Early in my broadcast career at WUWM, late 1970-s to 1980, I covered a Milwaukee County Board organizational meeting similar to the one that will take place Monday. The proceedings should have been a humdrum affair. Members have made their decisions. They vote for their leadership positions. End of story.
Not this time.
Prior to the big vote at the Milwaukee County Board room in the Courthouse, Supervisor Jim Krivitz was all smiles. Getting one pat on the back after another, Krivitz was just moments away from wrestling the Board Chairmanship away from Tom Ament. Yes, that Tom Ament. Everybody knew it because Krivitz had the votes. Well, not everybody.
As the vote was taken, there were some moans and groans and supervisors who had been wearing a smile earlier now looked like they were in a funeral parlor.
The votes were in. The votes were tallied. The vote was announced. Tom Ament was still the County Board Chair.
How could this happen? Krivitz had the votes. He did until the organizational meeting. Going in, Krivitz had the support of Supervisor Fred Tabak. But for some inexplicable reason, Tabak changed his vote (my memory is good but not that good). And this time everyone did know it was Tabak who upset the apple cart.
Somewhere in my basement in a carton filled with old cassettes from my radio news days is the tape of that meeting. I’m not sure who stood up to the microphone. It might have been Supervisor James Lynn. Whoever it was supplied at what should have been a routine meeting a sound bite for the ages, one that I recall 30-plus years later.
The supervisor bluntly told his colleagues, people in the audience and the assembled press that Tabak should be dipped in bronze and his statue should be placed in outside the Courthouse as a sign that “man is deceitful.”
My guess is that Belling’s sources are correct. You don’t contact Belling about a story and then lie.
So what does
He can vote for someone other than Dimitrijevic and pull a Tabak.
Or he could choose Dimitrijevic and stick a knife in the back of Governor Walker.
Either way, his