Bolstered by the runaway success of his gubernatorial campaign, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin announced today that he is going to run for re-election after all.
“Since July many people — business leaders, progressives, conservatives, people of color, longtime Madison residents and people new to our city — have urged me to reconsider and run again,” Soglin claims in a news release.
At face value, this seems more like a desperate attempt to assure yourself of your own relevance than a confidence-inspiring campaign message. Soglin may have been a leftist firebrand at one point in his career, but it’s been a long time since the Red Mayor first blew up the status quo. Now Soglin is the status quo. And he’s mellowed into the type of comfortable, aging white liberal who lacks the energy to make any significant change. (Unless that change is Taco Bell-related).
But don’t take my word for it. Just listen to former Democratic candidate for governor Kelda Roys:
“Madison deserves a progressive new mayor with lots of energy, fresh ideas, and a real vision for our city’s future that centers on racial equity and economic justice,” she posted on Facebook. “I respect Paul’s service to our city, but I will not be voting for him to get a ninth term.”
I’m with her.