Stepping In It

When good pols go bad.

As any good campaign manager knows, it’s not a matter of if a candidate will screw up royally, but when and who’s going to assist in the damage control when that happens. We took a look at some recent flubs by Wisco politicians normally noted for their steadiness and precision, how they mitigated the damage, and what we can all learn from their pains. The ignominy varied from the slight (see: magic tricks) to the profound (a ritual denouncing).

Baldwin photo by Adam Ryan Morris; remaining photos by iStock.
Baldwin photo by Adam Ryan Morris; remaining photos by iStock. Click image to enlarge.

‘Stepping In It’ appears in the April, 2015, issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
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Matt has written for Milwaukee Magazine since 2006, when he was a lowly intern. Since then, he’s held the posts of assistant news editor and, most recently, senior editor. He’s lived in South Carolina, Tennessee, Connecticut, Iowa, and Indiana but mostly in Wisconsin. He wants to do more fishing but has a hard time finding worms. For the magazine, Matt has written about city government, schools, religion, coffee roasters and Congress.