Last week Progressive Dane members packed the Democratic Party meeting to block the Dems from supporting candidates who would oppose Progressive Dane candidates in this spring's Common Council races.
The way it was done was perfectly legal. With the encouragement of Austin King, they signed up online and in a timely fashion prior to the meeting. Despite the niceties, it does raises some interesting questions about Progressive Dane (PD) and its moral compass.
PD basically demands a loyalty oath from all candidates seeking its endorsement. The absolutist position of PD in regards to candidates is one of the reasons that the present mayor, no longer needing them to establish his left credentials, is not renewing his membership.
And there have always been good progressives (yes, with a small 'p'), comfortable with most of the Democratic Party and Progressive Dane agendas.
But all of this challenges Progressive Dane. It would seem that a political party that demands adherence to a strict platform would find meddling in the internal workings of another party morally and politically reprehensible.
As for Austin King, obviously someone died and made him the arbiter of all that is politically correct. His rabid attack on Alderwoman Lauren Cnare was selfishly motivated. Last year she had the courage to challenge him for the presidency of the City Council.
Lauren is as nice and honest an elected official as we will find In Dane County. Her commitment to combating poverty with real solutions is unmatched in city government.
This spring, Madison residents would be wise to remember this lapse in ethics in choosing candidates.