Oconomowoc politicians, including Mayor Jim Daley, are reportedly stunned that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is dropping plans for an Oconomowoc train stop due to "lack of interest."
Which is odd, given Daley made remarks suggesting "lack of interest" earlier this month in the Waukesha Freeman.
From the story:
In June 2009, the council unanimously passed a resolution giving initial support for a rail station, but since that time, Mayor Jim Daley has ousted former Mayor Maury Sullivan and two new aldermen have been elected.
Sullivan had said he wanted Oconomowoc to have a stop on the rail if the federal program was going to be initiated. Part of Daley’s campaign platform was his opposition to a high-speed rail station in Oconomowoc, and he maintained his opposition in an Aug. 4 interview.
“When the discussion becomes, ‘Should there be a stop in Oconomowoc or not?’, it ignores the larger question of, ‘Are there going to be people on this train when it’s built?’” Daley said. “At this point, the case hasn’t been made.”
So let's see. Daley, who tells WTMJ he was "disappointed" Oconomowoc lost the station, only earlier this month claimed the case for train itself had not been made. That goes well beyond questions regarding costs of the Oconomowoc station. Daley was obviously an unreliable supporter and potentially and conveniently could have flipped leading up to the election. Good for the DOT for chucking him off the train.