My dad always instilled in his three children one constant refrain. At the end of the day all you have is your good name. That came to mind today as news spread that former Republican State Senator Dave Zien had made a spectacle of himself while in the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda.
Among the crowd was former Republican State Senator Dave Zien, who is wheelchair-bound as the result of a motorcycle accident in March in which his left leg was partially amputated. Zien went down to the rotunda floor and aggressively rolled his wheelchair over the singers’ belongings and some of their toes while yelling, “Scott Walker for President!” Solidarity Singers called for the police, but despite their unusually large numbers in and around the Capitol they did not immediately show up.
While I can understand getting caught up in the mood of a political rally, or becoming energized over an issue I can not fathom ramming others with a wheel chair or acting totally inappropriately in a public space as Zien did on Tuesday. After having had the responsibility of being an elected official placed on his shoulders, I would have hoped Zien could have acted more in accordance with an elder former member of the legislature and set a better example.
Sadly that did not occur.
Conservatives have talked about ‘union goons’ and all sorts of threats aimed at elected officials when it came to the protests that took place over the past months at the Capitol. Dave Zien proved with his conduct that the lowest common denominator can be found at both ends of the political spectrum.