Alderman Donovan rallies support against Milwaukee streetcar project

CREATED May. 22, 2012 - UPDATED: May. 22, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- He's on a personal mission against the downtown Milwaukee street car project.  Now, Alderman Bob Donovan is taking it to a new level.

After an explosive press conference last week, Tuesday night Donovan traded punching the podium for passing out petitions.  He's pushing a referendum for voters to decide if they want the project to stay on track.

"My understanding of government ought to be that we respond to what our constituents demand," said Donovan.

Alderman Bob Donovan got into it with Alderman Bob Bauman last week.  The hot topic?  A proposed $65 million streetcar project.

"This is showboating, this is just making wild assertions to the public which have no factual basis," said Alderman Bob Bauman about Alderman Donovan.

One week later, Donovan isn't giving up, and neither are his supporters.

Diane Just is just one of dozens of people who showed up Tuesday afternoon to back Donovan and his effort to "derail the Milwaukee streetcar."

"We do need it just like a hole in the head," said Just.

Bob Wiggin told TODAY'S TMJ4, "I personally feel like a bus could do the same thing."

Donovan encouraged people to sign and circulate petitions, trying to take it to a referendum even though the idea has already failed once before. 

But he says this time is different.  "People are getting frustrated with arrogant politicians making stupid mistakes that every damn one of us ends up having to pay for and we don't want it anymore," said Donovan.

Donovan is hoping to get about 6,000 signatures by the end of June.  He says if he doesn't, he's still not giving up.