Friday, October 28th, 2016

Scrima says “Bah, humbug!” to Christmas Parade


City of Waukesha Jeff Scrima is putting a new spin on the “ghost of Christmas present.” This is the second year in a row that the mayor has skipped the city’s biggest civic event of the year, the Waukesha Christmas Parade. He’s also skipping out on the city Christmas tree lighting ceremony tonight, an event that gets bigger every year.

Danny Gokey is going to be at the Christmas parade, but Scrima is not.

Last year I poked a little fun at the mayor’s absence from the parade. This year Scrima dismissed his absence by saying Santa Claus will be there so the mayor isn’t needed.

It can’t possibly be a scheduling conflict. The parade happens the same time every year. Maybe Santa never brought Scrima the pony he wanted.

A large part of the duties of being mayor is ceremonial. A mayor is not only expected to be the political leader of the city but the civic leader of the city. The mayor seems to get that when he appears at other events, but somehow he thinks the biggest event of the year for the city isn’t important enough for him to attend.

When I moved to Waukesha, I was shocked to see the size of the crowd at the Christmas Parade. With my son I have been involved in a few float-building activities and marched in the parade myself. I know how big the parade is and how important it is to the community.

C’mon, Danny Gokey, glasses and all. It’s a big deal. Even I know who he is.

When Scrima ran for office, he had a verbal tic about constantly saying what “an honor” it was to be speaking to so-and-so. It was “honor” this and “honor” that.

Well, being the mayor is an honor, and appearing in the Christmas parade is an honor. It would be nice if his honor the mayor of Waukesha would remember that and honor his constituents with his presence.

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