Dick Steinberg has resided in the city of Brookfield for 35 years. He served 34 years as municipal judge and has been an attorney for 50 years. He enjoys tennis, golf, biking and creative writing, which includes legal issues, sports, government and people.
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Quid Pro Quo is a legal term defined in Black's Dictionary, as "what for what; something for something; used in law for the giving of one valuable thing for another; it is nothing more than the mutual consideration which passes between the parties to a contract, and which renders it it valid and binding."
The Mayor of the City of Brookfield, Jeffrey Speaker, since first being elected, has defined himself as a member and supporter of the Republican Party and therefore he is bound by the political principles of a partisan political organization whose sole purpose is to elect Republicans to public office.
Since the office of Mayor is non-partisan under our law, so should be the candidates and the incumbent. To do otherwise is to violate the law which does not bode well for a former police officer.
This translates that former police officer Speaker represents only a part of the residents of the City of Brookfield and that his agenda is driven by politics instead of statesmanship.
There is nothing wrong with being a member of a political party but there is something wrong if you have taken a solemn oath to govern your office in a non-partisan manner.
Mayor Speaker, also a part-time Milwaukee landlord, has been personally endorsing candidates for partisan public office on the Republican party ticket.
This partisan political oriented Mayor has by his actions separated himself from independents, democrats, libertarians and a host of local residents who have heir own personal political beliefs, or none at all.
The result is "Quid Pro Quo", or you scratch my back and I will scratch yours".
During the tenure of the self proclaimed consensus builder this partisan Mayor has been consistent in his support of issues and giant expenditures as a partisan politician which is a conflict of interests.
There will be an election for Mayor in the Spring of 2010 and right after the new year of 2009 begins the campaign for Mayor that will set the tone for the future of our beloved community.