Let me start this off and be fair… the comments I’m making are based upon alleged financial arrangements between Jeff Stone and Lamont Harris. No crime has been committed and until Harris admits he took money from Stone I’ll just say these are alleged arrangements. That being said… I have to go in on this subject, nothing personal.
Black People’s Trust = $1,500.00… and to think, one community activist started the bidding at 100k. Money will make you sell your soul Black People and others too.
I keep telling you about that pitbull named Daniel Bice don’t I? Last time I said don’t let him smell your piss in this city or he’ll get at that a** and you won’t like it. Well… community activist aren’t spared the a** whooping Bice delivers in his No Quarter commentaries in the Journal Sentinel.
Real quick… a sidebar… come close and read this because it’s like I’m going to whisper it… Black People are real sensitive when it comes to anyone putting us on blast (that means airs our dirty laundry) in public… we are very, very sensitive and we even will protect other Black People when they get caught with their pants down… except here on The Drum, we just don’t give a damn and we’ll let you decide for yourself.
Now, here is what Bice had to say about Lamont Harris and Rep. Jeff Stone in his latest beatdown.
Stone uses ex-con to set up coffee klatches
For years, LaMonte Harris was the right-hand man to Milwaukee Ald. Michael McGee Jr., rallying support and proclaiming the innocence of the now-incarcerated politician.
Harris, who has also spent time behind bars, says he lent a helping hand to a mix of other troubled Milwaukee candidates, including former School Board member Charlene Hardin, onetime Ald. Paul Henningsen and disgraced ex-Sen. Gary George.
Quite the résumé.
But here’s the stunner:
The ex-felon has now turned up working for the campaign of state Rep. Jeff Stone in the race for county executive.
Vi Hammelman, campaign manager for Stone, said Harris has organized several coffees so the Greendale Republican could sit and talk with hundreds of African-Americans living in the city. Hammelman said Stone’s campaign paid the community activist $1,500 just last week.
Hammelman stood by the campaign contract, calling it a “very limited” relationship.
But a spokesman for Stone’s opponent, millionaire philanthropist Chris Abele, blasted the arrangement.
“Jeff Stone is raising serious questions about his judgment and ability to bring real change to Milwaukee County,” said Brandon Lorenz on behalf of Abele, who squares off against Stone on April 5.
Hammelman said Harris approached Stone’s people recently about doing some work for them. They then asked around, and several people – including former county exec candidate and current County Board Chairman Lee Holloway – advised Stone to bring Harris on board.
But there’s one thing the Stone camp didn’t do:
Conduct a background check.
“I did not do any homework,” Hammelman said. “He did say, ‘You should Google me,’ but I didn’t.”
There would be a lot to find.
Harris, 45, has been closely associated with several pols later found guilty of various crimes. At the top of the list is McGee, for whom Harris led protests as the Milwaukee alderman’s case wound its way through state and federal court.
“I am disappointed that people would abuse their power to blow this up and make it much bigger than it appears to be,” Harris said in McGee’s defense in 2007. “What we are seeing here is when you step up in this community and do something good, you will be targeted.”
A year later, McGee was convicted on nine counts, including bribery, extortion, attempted extortion and trying to hide a $30,000 transaction. He was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. In state court, McGee pleaded no contest to a felony charge of lying to an elections official and a misdemeanor of violating court orders. He was sentenced to a year in prison after his federal sentence.
That’s something Harris – an ex-gang member and drug dealer – can identify with.
Before he was even 21, he was convicted of armed bank robbery and was later hit with a misdemeanor count for resisting an officer. He once called himself “more radical” than McGee’s inflammatory father, Mike McGee, whom Harris described as his role model.
But Harris said Friday that all of that is in his past and he now spends most of his time pulling together votes in the central city for various candidates. His consulting firm, Reality Plus One, previously tried to get high-paying construction jobs for Milwaukee’s poor.
“Man,” he said, “I do it all.”
In the primary, Harris said, he helped Holloway, who finished fourth in the county exec contest. After that, he went to Abele and Stone to see which one would pay for his assistance. Abele and his campaign wouldn’t give him the time of day. Stone was interested.
It may have helped that Harris also backed then-County Executive Scott Walker in his successful gubernatorial bid last year.
“We hired somebody to gather some coffees so Jeff could talk to people from diverse parts of the community,” Hammelman said, “and hear what they had to say and have respectful conversation with people that he wouldn’t otherwise be able to engage in because he doesn’t know who to call to have the conversation.”
Other community activists were asking for much more money, including one who wanted $100,000 to help Stone establish ties with the city’s black population.
By contrast, Hammelman said, Harris was a good deal.
She said she is hoping he puts together even more coffee meetings. But she said, “I’m not paying him any more.”