Do you like Joe Biden? You will love Karen Schmidt. She is the Joe Biden of local politics.
When Ms Carillo moved out of her Ward I ventured out on a limb and said to someone you all know, “Schmidt will get that seat.” Of course we had to be drug through the silly charade that lots of other people were officially vying for Ward 6. La Schmidt could never stoop to the fray.
Then suddenly, out of nowhere. Voila! La Schmidt will consent to consider taking the seat. ( out of charity for the little people of Ward 6 of course) And Mayor Mouse (sorry. but the man WILL take the easy way out) is just thrilled to have her to rescue the Ward and City.
But I digress. Back to Bloomington’s own Biden clone. Know anyone who spent years and years in office spanning decades yet had not one notable accomplishment? Ok I will give her one and its a biggie. She voted No to the Coliseum! Not by herself though. There were 3 other so minded councilmen to back her up.
Fast forward 20 years. Did La Schmidt ever take a vote all by herself or in the minority? Did she ever even speak for the “little guy”. Maybe, but not if she could help it.
There was virtually never a tax or fee increase she didn’t like and when it came to the big bombshell revenue spoilers like the multi million dollar over charging Rimco or the huge holes in the Coliseum budget did she speak up? It never paid to cross Tom Hamilton or David Hales. Schmidt loved them both.
No, she simply went along with the prevailing winds (as soon as she figured out the direction) and then Bloomington got Ms Cordiality.
Of course, Mayor Mouse won’t tell us he sat on the Council with Schmidt for lo those many years and they were such kindred spirits!
If you want to see the polished and oh so correct politician in Ward 6, one who simply preened and feathered their nest while always toting the party line, Schmidt is your perfect pol! Only question left, will the Mouse take the bait?
Anybody think a person who lives in this house can represent all of Ward 6?
The Poisoned Pen