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Tool of the Week: We Choo-Choo Choose these Milwaukee tools

Empower Wisconsin | Feb. 17,  2020 

MILWAUKEE — We’ve got a tool tie this week, and, interestingly, both of our “winners” come from a town known for tool-making. 

State senator and Milwaukee County executive candidate Chris Larson earns his second Tool of the Week award, this time as an unrepentant plagiarist. 

And Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett joins the dubious tool lineup, on board his boondoggle Choo Choo. 

Larson, definitely in the top 10 of Wisconsin’s smuggest liberals, was caught cheating on his campaign homework. 

As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice reported, Larson’s plan to “create affordable housing and end homelessness” was lifted nearly word for word from the platform of the Wisconsin Housing First Coalition. The coalition sent the document to all four Milwaukee County executive candidates, but only Larson promoted it as his plan. 

Larson’s campaign called the act of intellectual theft “an oversight.” The “oversight” remains on the campaign’s website, with this tool-worthy note: “Thanks to Wisconsin Housing First Coalition for their assistance in researching and producing parts of this plan.” 

What a tool. 

Meanwhile, Barrett’s taxpayer-soaking fiasco known as The Hop hit another rough patch last week. 

The streetcar Tommy so desired, derailed near the intersection of Ogden and Humboldt. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but Milwaukee Fire Department’s heavy rescue units had to be deployed to lift the car up and place it back on the tracks — using “specialized” equipment. 

How much will taxpayers have to pay for that emergency services assist? 

NewsTalk 1130 WISN’s Jay Weber quipped on Twitter, “The Hop derailed due to snow yesterday. It ‘shut down the entire system.’ Luckily, you can walk the entire route faster than waiting for the Hop in the first place, so officials estimate that productivity went up.”

And now we see Mayor Barrett in his little engineer cap slowly driving his troubled Choo Choo into the sunset — on his way to becoming Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week. 

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