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Mayor Dave Cieslewicz Is A Classy Guy

April 6, 2011

When all is said and done one thing is clear.

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz is a classy fellow.

While this blog had differences with Mayor Dave over the Edgewater matter, at the end of the day CP endorsed his campaign for reelection as I supported many other goals that he worked for.    As the campaign moved along I felt that Paul Soglin was gaining ground, and correctly predicted the outcome of the race on the morning of Election Day. ( I had predicted less than a 2% margin of victory for Soglin, and it turned out to be 1%.)

While many wish that the vote had been different for Mayor Dave Cieslewicz on Tuesday night we can all be proud of his service to this city.  We can look forward to his continued involvement in city issues as he is a young man (52), and is a policy wonk.  

Dave Cieslewicz is the embodiment of what so much of Madison is all about.  As the Wisconsin State Journal wrote this morning Cieslewicz  is smart, youthful, progressive, funny, and cool. 

I might add he is a book reader.  Yeah, that matters.

Today Mayor Dave wrote this on his blog.

Look, it’s really tough to lose an election, especially when there was so much more that I wanted to do and when the margin was so narrow. But rather than dwelling on what might have been, I need to focus on what still can be, on how I can contribute to our city in other ways. Being a former mayor carries a little bit of weight and I intend to use it for the good of the community.

Mayor Dave is a gentleman, and most important he is a real Madisonian.

CP looks forward to his creative ideas for a better future.

  1. Solly permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:11 PM

    Once again Deke, you are way too kind (and amnesiatic)
    Sometimes, living in Madison, we suffer from an embarrassment of riches. I think we had a choice of two good progressive choices for mayor. However, sometimes, that also you lets you bore down into additional criteria for an election choice. I worked at the capitol the same time as DC. (I refuse to call him Mayor Dave, as that recalls some creepy times when we were encouraged to call priests “Father John” etc., “Is that an incense stick in your pocket?”, but that’s my baggage, maybe some day I can do a creepy pro-Prosser tv ad. :)). Ennaways, DC was always the kind of guy that was really friendly when he needed something, like your boss’s attention to a bill his boss was interested in. Otherwise, I think he’d walk over your fallen body in the hall without saying hi. And I remember reading from his time on the county board, that if he needed your vote, he was willing to “work with you,” but otherwise, fuggedabout any dialogue. And the best quote of all was from the Wis. S.J. on sunday from former ald. Ken Golden. To paraphrase, Paul Soglin is more likely to punch you in the face, but Dave is more likely to stab you in the back. Two things influenced my vote for Soglin, #1, in the 8 years DC has been mayor, I’ve contacted the mayor’s office about 20 times on various issues or service requests. I’ve had a response ONCE. And that was a 2nd request where I asked if I wanted some city attention to the problem, do I need to replace the East Washington sign in our neighborhood with a Monroe St. street sign. (no surprise PS won the East side!!) I got a response from a mayoral aide. That’s kind of understandable, when DC worked at the capitol, he always worked for legislators from one party districts, either Milwaukee or Madison (Spencer Black), so constituent service wasn’t a priority, it’s more fun to work on “issues” where else were you going to go? And I thought it was hypocritical for him to make a big deal about quitting working for Sen. Plewa, because Plewa was pro-life (or as I would say, anti-choice) while he was on the Dane County board, and yet his household benefitted from that employement because his wife (a truly good person) continued to work for John. I was also disturbed by DC’s penchant for cooking deals in the back room with Tim Bruer (I want to take a shower just writing that name) and Mark Clear, then plopping it on the council desks on the night of a meeting and saying we must pass it tonite, with the condescending statement that in order for Madison to put “two bricks together” we had to short-circuit citizen involvement. It always reinforced the unfortunate stereotype of a liberal that knows better than the uneducated masses. He is a clever, witty, smart guy. I never figured him to fill out a third term, much like his mentor and collaborator, Kathleen of Falk, I’m sure there would have been a job an the “Urban Institute” or something similar, and we’d have the expense of a special election.

  2. Alex permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:57 PM

    Maybe Dave can run for Risser’s seat if Pocan decides to take a pass. Especially if Risser retires in 2012, it would be a good time for him to step right up and take the seat.

    It seems to me that one of the reasons Dave lost is that the working-class voters on the east side never bonded with him, for whatever reason. They voted against him in 2003, 2007, and now 2011.

  3. Badger Babe permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:18 PM

    Mayor Dave is a classy guy — which is why some of us who voted for him will be wondering for some time to come what, exactly did Dave do to result in his coming in second in the mayoral primary — and what was the reason for his loss. The City of Madison will do just fine with Soglin taking his third turn as mayor. But Soglin’s campaign rhetoric seemed focused on the past — and on a relatively squishy response to the actions of Gov. Walker. What did Dave do that resulted in his losing the mayoral race? For me, he will always be a hero — someone who was able to get the annual State Street Halloween celebration under control while still allowing the event to be “fun” for participants. He wasn’t perfect. But Soglin’s criticisms that Dave was somehow underhanded and dishonorable in his dealings with city workers and city department heads didn’t pass my personal “smell test.” Soglin certainly struck me as being much more conservative than he was during his previous tenures as mayor. He also sounded like someone firmly stuck in the past. Dave was forward-looking — someone intelligent, willing to work without always “posing for holy card pictures,” and someone with a sense of humor. He was also someone willing to take on Scott Walker. That Mayor Dave won’t run for mayor again (per statements made Tuesday night) is a substantial loss for Madison and its residents. My hope is that Dave keeps involved in the community. If he returns to environmental activism, maybe he can be an antidote to DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. Above all, Dave needs to keep up the pressure on Gov. Walker. THAT battle isn’t over.

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