MILWAUKEE - A
dozen of Milwaukee's 15 aldermen have signed a letter condemning
the remarks of a colleague who suggested there would be sexual
assaults on streetcars that are part of a $124 million downtown
project that he opposes.
Common Council has signaled that most members favor the streetcar
project, though final approval isn't set until next month.
Alderman Joe Dudzik, an opponent of the project, suggested to WTMJ-AM
on Friday that violence could erupt on one of the cars and prompt
current supporters not to use the streetcars.
going to be a couple of assaults, or maybe a rape or a shooting on
one of these streetcars, and the millennials who claim they are
going to be riding this thing are going to be nowhere to be seen,
and we're going to be stuck with the ongoing maintenance cost
forever," he said, according to a news outlet.
The 12 aldermen
who issued the joint statement Friday said the remarks were
hurtful, divisive and a scare tactic. The two aldermen who didn't
sign the letter also are opponents of the streetcar project.
of fear and divisiveness at the heart of the comments is not what
we stand for as members of the Common Council, nor does the
message resonate in our community," the statement said.