MADISON — Some are born tools, some achieve toolness, and some have toolness thrust upon them.
State Sen. Chris Larson is the complete tool package.
Larson, a Milwaukee liberal who remains in the Legislature because Milwaukee is mired in self-loathing, last week declared his candidacy for U.S. Senate.
His announcement was followed by a collective yawn from the right and the left.
Larson’s claim to fame in his decade in the state Senate is his leftist snark and that he left the state. He and his other liberal comrades hightailed it out of Wisconsin and hid out in nearby Illinois in a feeble attempt to delay a vote on Act 10, then-Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s bold public sector collective-bargaining reform bill.
That was in early 2011.
While the state Senate can’t seem to get rid of this bad penny, his political currency, like his party, is valueless in his home county. Larson ran for Milwaukee County executive in 2016 and 2020. He lost each contest.
Now Larson wants to make the jump from state Senate to U.S. Senate.
He will be remembered on the campaign trail as one of the more hyperbolic of the COVID-19 panic peddlers in the state Legislature.
“Breaking: we just got word that the state senate will convene IN PERSON tomorrow with no mask requirement. The pandemic party isn’t done denying the impacts of COVID and are continuing to deny science,” Larson tweeted in February after bitching and moaning that Senate rules demanded he wear a jacket while addressing the body but did not force a mask mandate. (Larson, an adult hall monitor, started a petition for a statewide mask mandate nearly a year ago.)
Breaking: we just got word that the state senate will convene IN PERSON tomorrow with no mask requirement.
The pandemic party isn't done denying the impacts of COVID and are continuing to deny science.
— Chris Larson (@ChrisJLarson) February 17, 2021
But Larson, like many of his fellow Democrats “followed the science” when it was politically convenient. As a legislative aide noted last month, Larson showed up at a Senate Health Committee meeting just days after he tested positive for COVID. He certainly wasn’t isolating for two weeks as scientists urged.
How does a guy who shows up to the Legislature wearing a face mask and face shield get COVID, anyway?
Perhaps nothing screams “tool,” by the way, more than a guy in a face mask and a face shield.
Just on that image alone, Sen. Chris Larson is our Tool of the Week.