Daniel Bice is the reason I don’t use my government name… this cat doesn’t play and like I’ve said in the past, don’t let this man smell your piss around this city or he’ll come after you. Bice’s latest target is Milwaukee’s own Bruce Wayne aka Chris Abele. It turns out that Abele didn’t get the memo about Bice in time to clean up his scent he has left all over town.

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County exec candidate Chris Abele racks up thousands in parking tickets

Daniel Bice
March 7, 2011

Chris Abele, the millionaire philanthropist running for county exec, doesn’t pay any state or federal income taxes.

That’s been well-documented.

But the guy apparently doesn’t mind dipping into his wallet to help the city’s meter readers meet their monthly quotas.

Records show Abele has racked up 92 parking tickets since Jan. 1, 2007. Of those tickets – which run $22 each – he paid a $5 late fee on 26 and a $15 late fee once.

Total cost: $2,169.

To most people, that’s real money, but it’s just a drop in the bucket for the scion of wealthy Boston businessman John Abele.

“Chris is on the go a lot,” explained Brandon Lorenz, Abele’s campaign spokesman.

Like nobody else is.

But unlike others, he’s not feeding the meters when he’s parking his 2009 Audi, which bears the striking vanity plate “PRFR0CK,” according to city and state databases.

Lorenz confirmed that this is an allusion to T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” long a favorite among English majors, something Abele was as a student at Lawrence University in Appleton.

In the campaign, he has pledged to crack down on the number of taxpayer-paid luxury cars provided to county bureaucrats and politicians. He has said he would use his own vehicle, not a county one, if elected.

The campaign manager for Abele’s opponent, state Rep. Jeff Stone, said she was stunned by the tally of Abele’s tickets.

“My only comment is, ‘Wow,’ ” said Stone aide Vi Hammelman.

Hammelman later offered something a little more hard-hitting: “I can’t imagine taxpayers would trust someone who has no regard for the rules, is that irresponsible and throws away money like that.”

In response, Lorenz took a shot at Stone.

“Frankly, folks should have real trouble trusting someone who votes in Madison to end collective bargaining and then comes back to Milwaukee to try to win election and changes his mind,” Lorenz said.

He is referring to Stone’s vote last month in favor of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-repair bill, which would eliminate most collective bargaining for public employee unions and require state workers to pay more for their health care and pension costs. Since then, Stone has said that he liked the bill overall but would have preferred to leave the current collective bargaining rights intact.

Now we’re way off the topic.

Lorenz emphasized that his boss doesn’t like getting tickets but has no outstanding citations. City records show that Abele received many of his tickets for parking near the headquarters of the Argosy Foundation, the family nonprofit overseen by Abele. It is located in Cathedral Place, 555 E. Wells St.

“He has frequent meetings there at the foundation and elsewhere,” Lorenz said. “He’ll sometimes park on the street when he’s there.”

Yet as the heir to millions, he can ignore plugging the meter. For, as his beloved Prufrock said, Abele has the time – and the money – “for a hundred indecisions, / And for a hundred visions and revisions, / Before the taking of a toast and tea.”