City Council Fashion Cage Match

Imagine our excitement when the latest Monona City Council video went up for us watch. With a wide assortment of suits, ties, sports coats and who-knows-what-else, it’s a feast for any fashion maven.

The Candidates

Let’s start it off with alderman Jim Busse. Busse didn’t do the jacket thing but he came across nicely. The blue shirt and tie looked sharp. We loved the nice vibrant blue color of the shirt. Way to go, Jim.

Next is Dennis Kugle – looking frighteningly like a non-gray bearded Jim Busse – Kugle lands on the not-so great-side of the fashion scorecard with the white/beige sport coat. He wore a perfectly respectable blue shirt and tie, but the jacket just was not a winner.

The next contestant is Mayor Kahl. With his impeccability coiffed hair (I think it would be more crunchy than greasy), the mayor did well with the old fashioned suit-and-tie get up. The shirt was a a light purple (or maybe just white – can’t tell very well) with a matching stripped tie. Thumbs up from the fashion gods.

And now the newcomer. Scott Munson is at his first meeting. How will the stylists judge his initial appearance? Well, if he was dressed straight out of Apollo 13 or the Right Stuff, he’s perfect! Even the hair is circa 1967. But then, white shirt, tie – can you go wrong? Can you go right?

Jeff Wiswell sported a gray jacket and a tie that we just couldn’t make out on the video. Anyhow, it was perfectly respectable – if somewhat old school looking. Perhaps Wiswell and Munson can make a 60’s era Dragnet-like cop show together – the craggy veteran and the enthusiastic rookie.

Mike Veserat wore a sorta pee (yes, we mean urine) colored shirt. Okay, it wasn’t that bad, and at least he brought some color to the proceeding.  And we give him credit for being the only guy to where a tie that didn’t have strips or was a solid color (maybe Wiswell’s had some design, but we can’t say for sure).

Finally, Doug Wood was resoundingly dull with a light colored, short-sleeved button shirt and stone washed khakis from 1992. We have to admit that he did look the most comfortable of the entire bunch.

So, in a cage match for fashion championship of the Monona City Council, who wins?

Are you kidding? Does anyone win with this lot! We think not. They all looked pretty much the same (except Doug Wood). Tie, shirt, jacket (mostly). At least in school board the women give the whole thing some excitement.

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  1. Ted

     /  May 20, 2010

    I have come to the conclusion you a petty Bitch. You always have to have some petty issue to complain about. Why don’t you Identify yourself. These people should have the right to know who is bitching. If you I dentified yourself maybe everyone could see where you fall in the fashion spectrum. Someone once told me you can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear. Are you a silk purse or a sows ear. Don’t blow this off, post your picture or identify yourself. You self rightous bitch.

  2. Eagle Eye

     /  May 20, 2010


  3. Anonymous

     /  May 20, 2010

    If it wasn’t a cage match, my money would be on a Busse/Kugle Tag Team. It would be like “The Killer Bees” of the 80’s WWF where one fresh fighter could replace the other when the ref wasn’t looking.
    They could also offer their services to “Just for Men-Beards” as the before and after models.

  4. lighten up

     /  May 20, 2010

    Seriously “Ted” ever hear of a sense of humor. Obviously not…
    Rag–this kind of humor is what we need so we all don’t take ourselves so seriously. I love Monona and the Rag is excellent. Whoever you are keep up the fun and good info.

  5. Atlas

     /  May 20, 2010

    To an extent I agree with Ted.

  6. Janus Dent Masters

     /  May 20, 2010

    I tend to agree with Ted.

  7. Anonymous

     /  May 20, 2010

    Ha! Good come back.

  8. Lily

     /  May 20, 2010

    The Onion-y nature of this website has potential. Like the stop sing post. Most excellent. But not sure Ms. Masters has the chops to pump out enough funny content. The fashion thing is only funny for so long. Ms. Master’s, imho, needs to decide what this sight is and isn’t . We have enough regular blogs on which people can bitch endlessly. I rather like the idea of a satirical take on things. But does Ms. Master’s have what it takes to keep us amused?

  9. I heard...

     /  May 21, 2010

    This is not required reading. If one doesn’t like what is posted…take it off your bookmarks and move on. The beauty of a blog is you get to write whatever you want. Anyone or no one can read it.

    I was surprised at all the ties. I never realized one had to dress up to attend a meeting. (well…except Doug…or maybe it is dressed up for Doug)

  10. Doug Wood

     /  May 21, 2010

    That’s me, always the iconoclast. The next time you see me wearing a tie will be at my funeral. Like the man said, “Neckties strangle clear thinking.”

    But if you’re looking for fashionistas, the Monona city council may not be the best place to look.

  11. Doug Wood

     /  May 21, 2010

    And at least I replied to your q&a thing.

    BTW, is Janus a man’s name or a woman’s name? Everyone seems to assume female, but Janus was a (two-faced) Roman god not a goddess.

  12. Janus Dent Masters

     /  May 21, 2010

    Doug, we can argue that as the most comfortable looking councilman in the room, you win more than any silly fashion award.

  13. Maywood Supporter

     /  May 21, 2010

    Let this be a lesson to anyone who would run for council next year!

  14. Lily

     /  May 21, 2010


    If Janus is male, that considerably narrows the field as to his identity. I do not know very many Monona males with the fashion knowledge or interest possessed by Mr./Ms. Masters.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that….

    Or maybe he has a consultant.

  15. cockle-doodle-doo

     /  June 1, 2010

    Whoa Ted! Don’t get all Ted Bundy on us! Well at least you’re using your words, though a little scary! Can’t ya take a joke, none of it’s nasty– just snarky. I laughed anyway.

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