It was a rough and nasty campaign as the Nancy Mistele forces waged an all out fight to frighen Dane County voters over the 911 system, while downplaying the need for remodeling our transportation infrastructure. There were many who held their breath in the closing weeks of the campaign, working and hoping for a sensible and thoughtful voter turnout that would again place Kathleen Falk back in the role as County Executive. With the final votes tabulated the race that some had thought to be close, was instead not close at all. Once the City of Madison votes tipped the balance there was nothing to do but wait for the candidates to speak to their respective election night crowds.
During the election I was struck by the intensity that some waged the battle on behalf of Nancy Mistele. Rough and tumble politics is great to see, and I think nothing wrong with promoting a strong point of view. But there are places and times to do that. However using a morning radio talk show, as Mitch Henck often did on WIBA, to promote the candidancy of Nancy Mistele was unseemly to witness. If was as if he thought himself a surrogate speaker on behalf of the Mistele campaign. Maybe he was, and that was part of the Mistele attempt to win the race.
Let me be perfectly clear about this. Had the tables been turned, and Henck taken the same partisan position in favor of my candidate I would have found it just as troubling. As crazy as it sounds I had hoped that WIBA could have at least used their morning local talk show to impart some objectivity to the issues that confront Madison and Dane County. Instead I found far to0 often Henck making every effort to sway the voters for Mistele, as opposed to educating and illuminating the issues of the day. In the final weeks I no longer could even listen.
I had hoped that Mitch Henck could be more than just a shill for the latest conservative causes that inspire and energize Vicki McKenna in the afternoon drive-time slot. I had hoped that at least one radio talk show in Madison could rise above the partisan, and think about the listening public. While I respect Mitch Henck as a singer and on-stage performer, after this election he has lost my respect as a broadcaster.