Why Is Gov. Scott Walker Calling A Special Election For Rich Zipperer’s Seat?
For most of the last year one of the many complaints from the Wisconsin Republicans pertained to the cost placed on local units of government for the recall elections. A needless waste of money was the response from the GOP to people who only wanted their elected officials to be accountable to them.
Now comes word from Governor Walker’s office that a special election will be called to fill Republican State Sen. Rich Zipperer ‘s seat.
There is no reason to call a special election. Instead it should run concurrent with the November election. There is no pressing need to have an election sooner as no action is required on the floor of the senate, in fact they are not even slated to meet again until January.
It is nice to notice the inconsistency that is a hallmark of Republican politics. I recall (no pun intended) the GOP asking endlessly ’What about the taxpayers?’
Might Scott Walker wish to respond to that question now.
Republican state Sen. Rich Zipperer of Pewaukee is leaving the Senate to join Gov. Scott Walker’s administration as deputy chief of staff.
Walker announced the appointment on Wednesday. Zipperer will begin the new job on Aug. 6, leaving Republicans with just 15 members in the Senate. Democrats have 17.
The 38-year-old Zipperer was elected to the Senate in 2010 after serving two terms in the Assembly.
He replaces Ryan Murray who is moving into the No. 2 position at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
Walker’s spokesman Cullen Werwie says the governor plans to call a special election to replace Zipperer.