Sunday in Whitewater will be rainy with high of 61. Sunrise is 6:31 AM and sunset 7:10 PM for 12h 39m 40s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 98.3% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 2001, al-Qaeda launches the September 11 attacks, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks killing 2,996 people using four aircraft hijacked by 19 of its members. Two aircraft crash into the World Trade Center in New York City, a third crashes into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, and a fourth into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The couple first purchased a home in exclusive Greenwich, a bedroom community for celebrities and millionaires who commute to Manhattan” the publication [Wisconsin Right Now] reported. An LLC traced to Michels “purchased that four-bedroom, five-bath home in December 2017 for $4.6 million…. The LLC then traded up, purchasing the $17 million house in Riverside, Connecticut, a neighborhood of Greenwich, in 2020. They sold the first Greenwich home in April 2021 for $6.5 million.”
The couple also owns a New York penthouse along E. 68th St that they purchased in 2015 for $8.7 million. “Barbara Michels listed the $17 million home as her ‘residential street address’ when she made a campaign donation in December 2021, and she listed the couple’s Manhattan penthouse as her address when she made a campaign donation in 2020,” the story reports.
The couple’s two youngest children “attended Connecticut and New York City high schools for their entire high school years. The oldest child graduated from Xavier High School in New York City in 2016 (he started attending that school in 2013); the daughter graduated from Marymount School of New York in 2019; and the youngest son graduated from Brunswick High School in Greenwich in 2021. A call to each school confirmed none of them are boarding schools… Dartmouth University lists the hometown for Michels’ youngest son, who graduated from high school in 2021, as Riverside, Connecticut.”
In short the Michels children have been attending schools on the East Coast since 2013.
Michels insists that he meets the Wisconsin’s technical residency requirements, and he may do so. Having one of his houses somewhere in this state, however, does not demonstrate a primary commitment to Wisconsin. In 2020 and 2021, Michels and his spouse bought or used Manhattan properties as their residences.
Michels is running to be governor of Wisconsin, not mayor of New York, or King of Connecticut the Nutmeg State.
However far I might sometimes travel, I am always happily returned to this small city. Those faraway places that I visit are not my home; Whitewater is my home.
There are many communities that need help and support. That help and support does not take one form (as the narrow of mind and small of heart believe), but it does require a primary commitment.
People cannot be in two places at once physically, and are improbably in two places at once emotionally. Somewhere will be primary in heart and mind. All the rest is unpersuasive talk, excuses, and rationalizations.
Overweening ambition is not a primary commitment; it’s a vice masquerading as a virtue.