To those who may not know, there is a great deal of bad behavior that happens on our Milwaukee County buses every day. It ranges from rudeness to outright violence. Most of this behavior never makes the news. Often times the bus drivers are the victims. The drivers certainly have to put up with more than their fair share of abuse from the dregs of society.
In response to this, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. proposed a plan to create a 51-person bus security unit staffed by Milwaukee County Sheriff’s deputies at a cost of $5 million a year. This unit was to be called the Transit Policing Division. The Transit Policing Division plan grew from a conversation late last year between Sheriff Clarke and then County Board Chairman Lee Holloway, according to Sheriff’s Inspector Edward Bailey.
As Mr. Bailey was presenting this information to the Milwaukee County Board’s finance committee, he was interrupted by freshman Supervisor David Cullen who said, “It strikes me as sort of a publicity stunt.” The committee ultimately voted against the plan, 4-2. You can see the complete article here.
Publicity stunt? Wow. This is awfully tough talk from a guy who never takes the bus anywhere, ever. This is the same guy who has never held a job outside of politics, ever. This is also the guy who ran for county supervisor because his state assembly district was redrawn, making it much less favorable for him to win it again. To make matters worse, he has retained the post (paycheck) of State Assembly, 13th District, while also collecting the paycheck as Milwaukee County Supervisor, 15th District. This earns him the deserved nickname of David “Double Dip” Cullen (on Twitter, #davidDDcullen). So, who exactly is pulling a publicity stunt? I, for one, am glad that Sheriff Clarke came up with a plan to deal with these thugs who are victimizing the hard-working people of this county. I am tired of the criminal element taking over our community. Maybe if Mr. Cullen and his fellow colleagues had to live their life away from the public trough, they would have a whole different view of law enforcement.
To those politicians of the same ilk as David “Double Dip” Cullen, let me tell you this: You are being watched. Your publicly financed bubble is about to burst. I suggest you brush-up on your resume writing skills.