Friday, February 26, 2016

Don't Do As I Do!

The following piece was printed in the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter the week of Feb 22nd 2016 but never posted online.
Van Halen
 "Don't do as I do.  Do as I say do!" - (unknown)
“The hell with the rules. If it sounds right, then it is.”Eddie Van Halen

Rep. Tittl
When Paul Tittl first ran for his assembly seat in 2008* he criticized then Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer for holding both that seat and his County Executive jobs and vowing to close his vacuum and sewing shop if elected. His banners read “Your full time Representative!” Voters seemed to disagree as he lost that race rather badly.

By 2012 he had taken a full 180 with him openly admitting he “was wrong about that.” Certainly he has not closed his business since finally winning that seat. That slogan disappeared from his campaign. Now in 2016 his opinion seems to have shifted yet again with his vote in favor
of legislation designed to prevent Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris from running in (and probably winning) a race for the State Senate.

When Tittl first leveled that charge, Ziegelbauer was still officially a Democrat but by 2012 had left the party and Tittl was trolling for an endorsement. Harris still identifies as a Democrat and may in fact actually be one.

I will be waiting impatiently to see the going-out-of-business sign on his shop, but won't be holding my breath either. Tittl's opportunistic and partisan flip-flopery is nothing short of shameful.

* Edited - the original piece incorrectly pointed to the 2010 race. 
Well, maybe I was wrong about that? No, as long as it doesn't apply to me!  WHEW!  I was worried there for a second!

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