Most people have a strong opinion about Gov. Scott Walker. Here’s mine. I see no reason to remove him from office, and I recommend him in the June 5 recall election.
Recently, I had an opportunity to have a brief conversation with Walker; policy came up but, equally important, I had occasion to go beyond that “first impression.” In assessing his character, I believe him to be a good and decent man. Concerning the merits of the recall, I agree with the editorial staff of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which last Sunday endorsed Walker saying that “a disagreement over a single policy is simply not enough to justify a vote against the governor.” The standard for initiating the recall of an elected official should be “criminal wrongdoing” – treason, high crimes or serious misdemeanors.
Nonetheless, we are facing an election. Whether or not you agree with his policies, Walker has shown decisiveness and the willingness to make bold decisions- hallmarks of a leader. While I have no reason to question Mayor Tom Barrett’s character, here’s how the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel assessed his leadership skills, in their endorsement of Scott Walker. “As a leader, the mayor can be tentative an slow to act. While building consensus is admirable … the mayor can be risk-adverse to a fault.”
A lesson learned from this recall election: Let’s send the out-of-state “advisors” packing. Whatever side of the political spectrum, Wisconsin citizens should be advocating what is best in our best interests. My family has a proud heritage in Waupaca and this great state of Wisconsin. Both sides of my family have lived and worked in Waupaca long before the city was incorporated in 1875, Members of our family have served this country, volunteering in every major conflict throughout those years, beginning with great grand-dad Theodore in Mr. Lincoln’s Army through me, with two tours in Vietnam.
It is an affront to my sensibilities that an outsider would attempt to dictate how we should vote. Let’s encourage our candidates not to solicit money from out-of-state. According to a survey by The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the percentage of out-of-state campaign funds for the Wisconsin gubernatorial candidates skyrocketed this year, up to 57 percent from only 9.23 percent in 2010.
Walker deserves to finish his term. It’s time to tone down the rhetoric and get back to work. if you disagree with Walker and his policies, express it with your vote in 2014.