Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Jeff Scrima, the Bard of Waukesha


In his column for the Waukesha Freeman, Darryl Enriquez sums up the literary and political accomplishments of Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima.

It was a dark and stormy night when Mayor Jeff Scrima decided to write a guest opinion to this newspaper about the cornucopia of city accomplishments in the year of our Lord 2010 and beyond.

At last, the young upstart steps forward to reassure avid supporters that their faith was indeed placed in the hands of a rising star. Yes, Scrima will emerge from his shell and turn on the switch. Scrima will blaze brightly in the crystal clarity of a cold December evening.

He’s now comfortable enough in the big chair, although his feet still don’t touch the floor, to explain his befuddling campaign phrase – A New Day for Waukesha.

Yet, Scrima opens his tome with the following script:

“At sunrise, darkness slowly gives way to light. As the sun climbs, nighttime fog transforms into warm radiance. Before long what was indistinguishable becomes clear.”


Was he talking about the city or referring to his own struggles to embrace the elected office? Did Scrima realize that his name and photo would appear with that bit of hokum in his hometown newspaper? Guess so.

It struck me as more of a tent revival sermon than a mayoral message. First off, I never thought this city was under a blanket of darkness. Second, if he’s representing himself as the “warm radiance,” could anything be further from the truth?

I really want this kid to succeed, but when he sounds like Scrima and his traveling salvation show, it’s really hard to take him seriously.

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