Genie wrote:The point of all this is that it is possible that Gene Parks might have been elected mayor in 1973 if he had run instead of Paul Soglin...
and pigs could fly if they had wings. Just because somebody is black and runs for office and loses doesn't mean they lost because of racism. Maybe they lost because the voters preferred the other candidate.
No, Gene didn't run then -- Soglin did. And I worked for him. But they had an agreement and... I don't want to get into it...
I knew Gene Parks. I liked Gene Parks on a personal level. In fact I liked him a lot. But he was a nut job of the first order and would have been a terrible mayor. This opinion is based on my first hand knowledge of Gene Parks may he rest in Peace. The fact that he was a black man has nothing to do with the opinion I have although I'm sure some of the foron morons here will brand me a racist once again.
Yes, I knew him too. If he hadn't been such a hothead he might have been okay. He was right-on about TIF and the Convention Center and the Overture Center though. And he did a good thing getting those trains cars out of the south side neighborhood where kids could have gotten hurt on them. He also organised people to go to the anti-klan rally in Beloit several years ago.
He wasn't a nutjob. But he had a drinking problem. And he had a lot of bad experiences from racism in Madison. His father had much worse experiences. I always wished Gene had written a book about his Dad and him. There were a series of articles about his Dad a few years ago.
My husband worked for him when he ran for sheriff back when he was younger.
I am seriously considering voting for Allen. But his race will have nothing to do with my decision. In general Republicans disgust me but when it comes to local politics I have a different set of criteria. I'm more interested in practical matters. That's why I am a Soglin fan because he was a lefty that made sure the city worked on a nuts and bolts level. For example, the problems with the water wells would have never happened under his watch or they would have been nipped in the bud very early because the man took care of business. Trolley Cars? Forget about it!
I'm still waiting to hear what Allen has to say...