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Why Is Gov. Scott Walker Calling A Special Election For Rich Zipperer’s Seat?

July 18, 2012

This makes no sense.

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.

3 Comments
  1. Mike permalink
    July 19, 2012 12:45 PM

    My guess is it’s too narrow a window to have candidates gather signatures in time for the August 14 primary. They could still hold a primary in November then have the regular election follow that one, so there’ll be only one new election instead of two.

  2. windy33 permalink
    July 18, 2012 6:35 PM

    but the people of waukesha are so stupid they will relish the cost of this dumb election. waukesha is so to the right they can’t make sense out of making sense. this is how stupid the repubs are. but they sure do know how to vote in crooked people like kathy nicholas to throw elections

  3. Solly permalink
    July 18, 2012 3:29 PM

    They should take the money out of his state pension fund to pay for the election. So, a scant 18 months ago he asks people to elect him to a 4 year term, and then leaves the taxpayers holding the bag when he wants a bigger state salary. To quote a line from JC Superstar, “there you have it gentlemen, what more evidence do we need?” Repugnants are FOS, also add up the cost of all the primaries due to them running fake Democrats so that they had more time to campaign and extort, I mean raise money for their campaigns.

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