Enriquez gets important endorsement for mayor
Darryl Enriquez, former Journal Sentinel writer and candidate for mayor in Waukesha, just received the endorsement of State Representative Bill Kramer. From the press release:
State Representative Bill Kramer endorses Darryl Enriquez for Waukesha Mayor
Cites Enriquez’s commitment to economic growth, controlling government spending
Waukesha, WI – Today, State Representative Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) announced his endorsement of Darryl Enriquez’s candidacy for Mayor of Waukesha.
Representative Kramer released the following statement:
“I’ve come to know Darryl as a professional and a friend, and I am happy to endorse his bid to be Mayor of Waukesha.
“His bold agenda – 10 for a better 2010 – is a great starting point to provide our city with a clear vision to grow the local economy, put people back to work, and make Waukesha streets safe.
“With state unemployment too high and Waukesha’s local rate even worse with nearly 1 in 10 people out of work, the State Legislature needs local leaders that we can partner with to ensure that we work collaboratively to ease the challenges of the current economic downturn.
“Controlling government spending and committing to retaining and creating jobs in Waukesha will ensure that the community I grew up in and love will prosper and once again be an economic engine for Wisconsin.”
The timing of the endorsement works out well for Enriquez. Enriquez is having another fundraiser this Tuesday 6:00-9:00 PM at Café Esperanza so we’ll see if some fence-sitters start to see him as the one to challenge Mayor Larry Nelson. He has demonstrated broad support from conservatives like Kramer and from the not-so-conservative former Mayor Carol Lombardi, his ten point plan for Waukesha gives his campaign some shape, and my spies also tell me he’s been hitting the doors pretty good, meeting the voters.
As for Kramer, I know some will wonder about his making an endorsement in the race when the incumbent mayor is running for re-election. Of course, that didn’t stop Nelson (D) from endorsing Kramer’s (R) opponent two years ago. They’re big boys. They can handle it.
Still, it’s pretty significant that Kramer would make an endorsement this early in the process.
The primary is a week from Tuesday. I’ll have my own thoughts on the election in next Thursday’s Waukesha Freeman, still just 50 cents.