Congratulations to Mary Ann Hanusa as the 2006 Republican nominee for Secretary of State. Mary Ann will bring a youthful and aggressive face to the Republican ticket. Mary Ann campaigned hard for the nomination. She was the only one of the four finalists that called every member of the SCC, an aggressive attitude that will help in the short campaign to come. Mary Ann isn't from Des Moines so her fresh face will be especially helpful when contrasted with an old pol like her opponent.
Mike Mauro hasn't had to wage much of a campaign until now, but the Minnow has landed and the show begun. Mary Ann's short campaign has provided early signs of the Professor's smart's Thurston and Lovey's humor and Ginger's [political] sizzle.
All right sister, you've got the job now let's see the campaign.
A second and more subtle campaign is also is kicking off. Pete Rose is trying to elevate his campaign for clean government to the next level-Boss Hogg Mauro (as distinguished from brother Mike) and his minions on the Board of Supervisors.
Pete's job is going to be much harder than it was with the City because the stone wall is much higher and thicker. Pete cannot even get on the agenda to address the Board.
The Supervisor's clerical staff first told Pete that he couldn't get on the agenda. Then he was told he could get on the agenda if Supervisor Angela Connolly put him there (good luck on that one Pete). Then he was told that he could get on the agenda if the Auditor put him on the agenda. When Pete called the Auditor's office they told him, accurately and sensibly, that they just print the agenda, not set it, and referred Pete back to the Supervisors. So, Pete started over with the Supervisors and was once again told he couldn't get on the agenda.
We call this a Court Avenue freeze out. What do you suppose the Mauro/Connolly/Hockensmith trio of machine politicians have to fear from a well known and widely respected member of the Polk County Democrat Central Committee. Perhaps the Machine prefers to keep their darkness at the edge of town?
The freeze being directed at Pete sure makes Tim Brien's version of his ouster for refusing to provide patronage jobs for the Polk County Democrat Machine's a lot more credible, doesn't it? Hopefully Pete's campaign to receive a fair hearing from the Democrat Supervisors will be sucessful, or we will see another 7000 Democrats demanding the ouster of the three Democrat Supervisors this fall.