I knew last fall when I threw my support to Brett Hulsey that it was being placed on the shoulders of someone who would step up and show spine when it came to the issues that matter to workers of Wisconsin. I strongly felt that Hulsey had demonstrated leadership which would make him an important part of the Wisconsin Legislature. At that time however, I could never have predicted what was to happen at the Madison Capitol, or how proud Hulsey would make me once he was elected.
This evening while watching local news I was pleased to see that Hulsey rose to the occasion…literally….to advocate for the truth when it comes to Governor Walker and the Republican desire to end collective bargaining for state and public employees.
Following a press availability by Governor Walker, who again made his pitch just in time for the local newscasts as to why he wants to destroy collective bargaining, Hulsey marched to the podium in front of the assembled reporters and gave some pointed remarks.
Hulsey called the governor a dictator, not a leader, and said this budget bill is about union busting, not about balancing the budget. The budget numbers from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau underscore the words from this freshman Democrat.
“The budget despair bill that we have right now, according to our non-partisan fiscal bureau does not have to happen. We do not have a budget emergency in this state except the one that he is creating by creating union busting,” said Hulsey.
It is important that the Republican lies created and retold about the state budget not be allowed to just linger. They need to be stripped bare and cast out into the bright lights of media scrutiny. That is exactly what Representative Hulsey did tonight…..right in the Governor’s Office!
Over the decades I have thrown my support to scores of candidates, but I can say tonight that few have lived up to the ideal of what leadership means. Taking the initiative and pounding home the truth, even in unorthodox ways, places Brett Hulsey head and shoulders above what passes too often for Democratic leadership.
We can only hope that what Brett Hulsey has unleashed in Madison will be emulated by others, and even make its way to Washington.
We need more Democrats to stand up and pound home the truth!
Thank you Representative Husley!