Empower Wisconsin | Feb. 2, 2021
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry says he’s just “lucky.”
He sure is. The 33-year-old son of billionaire hedge fund manager and Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry recently jumped to the front of the COVID-19 vaccine line — ahead of senior citizens and others with health complications that put them at the highest risk of dying from the virus.
Could the younger Lasry’s good fortune have anything to do with his generous contributions to Gov. Tony Evers’ campaign?
Alex Lasry, who is young and reportedly healthy, has dropped $20,000 on the Evers’ campaign fund thus far, according to campaign finance records.
Lasry told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he didn’t receive any special treatment just because he’s senior vice president for Milwaukee’s NBA franchise. Nobody asked the liberal would-be politician about his generous contributions to Wisconsin’s Democratic governor.
Just like the many other events in the life of the son of a prosperous hedge fund company owner, Lasry happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Lasry told the Journal Sentinel his wife, Lauren, got a call last week from her uncle, who is rabbi at Ovation Chai Point Senior Living on Milwaukee’s east side, saying the senior living center had some extra, unused doses of the vaccine.
“Because she is pregnant, Lasry said, his wife chose not to get a shot. So Lasry said he stepped forward so the medicine wouldn’t go to waste,” the newspaper’s Dan Bice reported.
Very generous. Apparently there were no other senior citizens or others in COVID-19 high risk categories available in the city of 587,000.
The Bucks executive has been a very generous guy, at least when it comes to donations to Democratic causes and candidates. Campaign Finance records show Lasry has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Wisconsin Dems.
Perhaps he’ll be looking at some returned favors. Lasry reportedly is mulling over buying the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Ron Johnson in 2022.
“We need better people (in Washington, D.C),” Lasry told Steve Scaffidi of WTMJ-AM (620) last week. “It frustrates me, more than anything, because these are supposed to be leaders and people looking out for the best interests of the country. Unfortunately, a lot of people you see in D.C. right now are looking out more for themselves.”
It’s an interesting turn of phrase from a wealthy dude with power who just jumped the COVID-19 vaccination line.