The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Thomas J. Boldt, Chairman and CEO of Appleton's Boldt Co., has been elected chairman of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.
As Paul Soglin and others have written, WMC undermines Wisconsin's business environment by endlessly harping on "issues" -- such as taxes -- that rank higher as GOP talking points than they do as actual concerns of real live business leaders. Its service to its members is also dubious: WMC's late-in-the-game endorsement of Mark Green was a truly boneheaded move.
Will Boldt lead the WMC in a better direction? Based on the pattern of his political donations -- including $3,500 in 2004 to the Republican National Committee -- the safe answer is "No."
UPDATE: In comments, KR makes an interesting point about Boldt's support for stem cell research and work in green construction.