Monday, February 29, 2016

Lipscomb Sues To Do As I Say, Not As I Do

One of the major complaints the Milwaukee County Board has against County Executive Chris Abele is that he acts unilaterally without consulting the board.

Well it seems that this "evil" is not confined to the Executives office. County Board Chair Theo Lipscomb, a lawyer, had his lawsuit against the County Exec dismissed because - get this - he and the outside legal counsel he hired did not have the authority to file the lawsuit under state law.

Lipscomb talked a majority of the County Board into giving $150,000 to the Madison based law firm of Lester Pine.  It's been a while since the Democrats have sued the state, so I guess it was time to toss some gravy their way.  But according to the MJS article, the bill stands at $162,000 and that's not the end of it.

It seems that Lipscomb took the permission by the board to waste the $150,000 on deciding whether a lawsuit could be initiated to actually suing the County Exec, which wasn't approved by the board. He unilaterally sued to stop Abele from acting unilaterally.

With the County looking at major expenses in the future, don't you think that the County Board under the leadership of Theo Lipscomb would be wise to stop wasting money on frivolous lawsuits and start looking out for the voters of Milwaukee County.


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