Should one who was trounced in a county-wide sheriff’s race this past year be placed into the position to head Wisconsin’s State Patrol? Should he use his powerful sons in the State Legislature to get the job? Should one be embarrassed enough to not even try for a job when knowing it will look overtly political on its face?
There are times when one has to just stand back and be amazed at the audacity exhibited by others. This would be one of those times.
At age 68, and with a few feathers already in his hat, I suggest Stephen Fitzgerald not use his sons’ political positions to leverage himself a job. It makes him look small, and it makes the process seem smarmy.
Appearances matter, and no matter how one dices this story it ends in the same way. No one comes out looking good.
One of his sons serves as Assembly Speaker, and the other son serves as Senate Majority leader. Good taste might dictate that the father take a step back and let public service be handled by the newer generation of Fitzgeralds.
The father of the state’s two most powerful lawmakers is seeking to serve as the head of the State Patrol under Gov. Scott Walker.
Stephen Fitzgerald, 68, has served as Dodge County sheriff and a U.S. marshal in the Western District of Wisconsin – a position he left in May. His sons – Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) – took over the top positions in their respective houses following Republican victories in November’s elections.
Walker, also a Republican, confirmed Monday that Stephen Fitzgerald was seeking the State Patrol job after soundly losing a GOP primary in September to return to his former job as Dodge County sheriff.