Lets Not Make Fixing Kitchen At Governor’s Mansion Partisan
Everything has taken on a highly partisan edge over the past two years in Wisconsin. From the protests at the Capitol over collective bargaining, to the recall elections, and now to the court battles over much of what Governor Scott Walker signed into law. But let us be reasonable about where the lines of partisanship should extend, and not allow it to cross over into the upkeep and maintenance of the Governor’s Mansion.
The wife of the Governor, Tonette Walker, is working to raise funds to cover $478,000 in improvements to the industrial kitchen and residential kitchenette at the executive residence in Madison. It is a worthy project, and one that she deserves credit for taking on as a project.
The mansion is one that every resident of this state can be proud of for its history and beauty. The work that takes places there for every governor, regardless of political party, serves our state. It is a working home as dignitaries visit, business luncheons are conducted, and many special events take place at the residence in Maple Bluff. As such, the maintenance and upkeep to the building is one that must not lapse.
Sadly, it has.
The last time the executive residence kitchen was remodeled in 1986 Governor Tony Earl was serving the state. With the high volume of entertaining and use the home receives there is no doubt the aging appliances are in need of replacing, and the kitchen space needs to be remodeled to allow for better use.
There is just no way to say that this project is not worthy of being undertaken, or paid for because a conservative Republican was elected to office. There is no room for partisanship in making sure this wonderful residence remains as charming and functional as it needs to be for the purpose it serves the state.
It is ironic that this issue comes up as the movie Lincoln is creating enthusiastic fans at the theatre. It should be recalled that Mary Todd Lincoln was also ridiculed for spending too much money on the White House. But she was right to do so, as was Jacqueline Kennedy a century later. Both understood the value of the home they lived in, the historic imperative of maintaining it, and the wisdom of making an investment for future generations.
Much of the same can be said for Tonette Walker.
I applaud and support her efforts.