Saturday, December 09, 2006

The mayor's race begins -- with one candidate

The mayor's race got under way Friday with the Milwaukee Business Journal's look at folks who might run agains incumbent Mayor Tom Barrett. The Biz J's likely suspects are US Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin), Sheriff David Clarke (D-Not Really), Common Council President Willie Hines, State Rep. Pedro Colon (D-Milwaukee), State Secretary of Administration Michael Morgan; Jeanette Mitchell, executive director of the Cardinal Stritch University Leadership Center; Thelma Sias, vice president of public affairs for Wisconsin Energy Corp.; Antonio Rliey, executive director of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority; Milwaukee attorney Greg Wesley; Third District Ald. Michael D'Amato; and attorney Cory Nettles.

The Biz Journal doesn't identify the "political observers" it consulted for its story, although the frequently-quoted-lately-for-no-discernable-reason Einar Tangen is clearly among them. It would be nice to know who is floating the names and why these particular names are being floated. Some seem just loopy. Jeanette Mitchell? Thelma Sias? Greg Wesley? No way. Mitchell and Sias won't run, and Wesley can't win. He would have to spend way too much time explaining his role as a finance team member on former Mayor Marvin Pratt's campaign when there were so many questions about that campaign's finances.

The most likely to run is D'Amato, who is no Barrett fan. D'Amato also is said to have his eye on the county executive's office.

So far though, it is a mayor's race with only one candidate, if an anonymous staffer can be believed: Tom Barrett.

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