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Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Sheridan Correct To Not Attend Fundraiser

June 9, 2009

I was pleased to hear the news that the Assembly Democratic leadership of the Wisconsin State Legislature will not attend a fundraiser during the on-going budget process.

This past week I wrote the following.

The fact that our political process ‘requires’ so much money is an issue that can be debated endlessly.  But I think we can all agree that the timing of this fundraiser, which just happens to fall smack in the middle of the budget process, should raise red flags.  

We want to assume each of our legislators is a ray of democracy striving to do what is right.  For me, and I suspect for the bulk of my readers, we understand the reality of the political process.  We want to think the best, but know better.

I am not sure how anyone under the Statehouse dome could have been so relaxed with this idea in the first place, but I am clearly pleased that there will be no attendance of those who are constructing the state budget.

The state Assembly’s Democratic leaders said they won’t attend a campaign fundraiser next week to preserve their pledge to avoid raising cash during state budget deliberations.  

The Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee had organized a golf outing for June 15 in Wisconsin Dells. Speaker Mike Sheridan of Janesville and Majority Leader Tom Nelson of Kaukauna were planning to attend.  

Both Sheridan and Nelson helped pass an Assembly rule in February that forbids members to raise cash for their personal campaigns while the budget is in play.  

Their plans to attend the outing drew criticism. Sheridan issued a statement Monday evening saying Democrats must avoid doing anything that would call the rule into question. 

  1. June 11, 2009 10:39 AM

    And we agree!!

  2. The Sconz permalink
    June 11, 2009 10:11 AM

    This IS good news, but the hypocrisy remains nevertheless as the fundraiser goes on.

  3. June 10, 2009 7:56 AM

    Yes, he’s correct, but he never should have planned to attend in the first place. I’m disappointed that the press and the voters had to hold his feet to the fire to make him realize how inappropriate an idea it was.


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