A group of so-called community leaders have come out publicly to defend Michael McGee (Jackson), Milwaukee criminal and city council member. They claim he is very involved in the community, and that should overshadow his criminal behavior, which includes:
- Resisting arrest
- Threatening to kill the mother of his child
- Disorderly conduct
- Fraudulent use of two names and social security numbers
In addition, he encourages bad behavior on the part of community residents. One good example is his “no snitching” campaign, where he encouraged witnesses to crimes to not cooperate with police.
Yet there are people who are supporting him instead of the leader of the McGee recall effort, ViAnna Jordan. The supporters include State Senator Lena Taylor, former alderman Fred Gordon, newspaper editor Mikel Holt, and Journal Sentinel Columnist Eugene Kane (Does anyone take him seriously anymore?).
They claim he has strong community involvement and he represents his district’s poor residents well. Really? Exactly what has he done for them besides embarass them?
Taylor cites McGee’s organization of protests after the verdicts in the Frank Jude Jr. trial. How does that help his residents? Gordon says he has shown a commitment to those who are disenfranchised, and cites McGee’s creation of a “rapid response team” that investigates crimes in his district. And we really want a criminal and his criminal friends investigating crimes, right? Gordon also mentions how McGee handles conflicts bewteen residents and police. Would that be the no snitching campaign?
On Charlie Sykes’s Sunday morning television show, Mikel Holt called McGee/Jackson “one of the most effective, articulate champions of the downtrodden in Milwaukee.” Mikel, if that’s the best example you can provide of someone who is effective and articulate, the community has more problems than I ever imagined.
What a shame that so-called “leaders” in our community would come out in support of such an irresponsible criminal. Is that the best we can offer the “downtrodden”? Surely these people don’t really think McGee and his criminal friends and staff can do a better job than an upstanding citizen like ViAnna Jordan?