Conservative Juneau County DA Removed From Office, Scott Southworth Was Out Of His Mind On Social Issues
This is the type of news is I love to hear.
Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth was one of the more ‘colorful’ examples of what happens when an ideologue has the chance to gain elected office. Fortunately the voters sent the little culture warrior into the political wilderness this week when they elected his opponent to office.
Some of my readers might recall my post on Southworth from April 2010.
The highly partisan and overly conservative Southworth is telling schools in his district to abandon their sex education courses. He claims the new curriculum could lead to criminal charges against teachers for contributing to the delinquency of minors. He even went on to say that the law promotes ”sexual assault” of children. To say anything of the sort borders on such fanciful thinking as to make one wonder if all the certificates that must line his office wall are not just forgeries.
Or perhaps what I wrote of this relic of yesterday’s thinking when I posted this in 2010.
Over dinner I was informed the name Scott Southworth, the prudish District Attorney from Juneau County who is afraid of the recently passed state sex education law, should sound familiar. Its seems his zeal for making headlines, and making an ass of himself, started back when he was a student at the UW-Madison. He sued in part over his views that the Ten Percent Society was a “militant homosexual organization”, and should not receive student fees for operation expenses. Southworth’s disdain for funding campus organizations, and apparently involving himself in them means he missed a huge part of the educational experience while in college.
Those are two reasons the news this week was so welcome by so many.
Challenger Mike Solovey upset incumbent Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth in Republican partisan primary voting Tuesday. According to vote totals released Wednesday by the Juneau County Clerk’s Office, Solovey received 1,771 votes, or 52.8 percent of the total.
Solovey, 63, was Juneau County district attorney from September 1974 until January 1979.