GOP Chairman: Common Cause Panel Not Objective
By Patrick Testin, Chairman of the Portage County GOP
In an attempt to organize a nonpartisan panel discussion on the topic, “Whatever Happened to Good Government in Wisconsin? And How Can We Fix It?,” Common Cause Wisconsin and the League of Women Voters answered their own question.
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College Republicans chairman Josh Zdroik was asked to sponsor what was to be a bipartisan discussion on political issues facing Wisconsin. But Zdroik was surprised to find out the panel was comprised solely of liberal panelists.
The discussion, slated to be moderated by a recall-petition-signing UWSP political science professor, features panelists state Rep. Katrina Shankland and state Sen. Julie Lassa, both Democrats of Stevens Point, Democratic former U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, Common Cause Wisconsin executive director Jay Heck and Common Cause board member Bill Kraus, who is billed as a “Republican strategist,” despite having not worked on the party’s behalf in decades.
If these groups want to answer what happened to good government, they need look no further than their own organizations. Good government simply cannot exist without honest, bipartisan discussion on issues facing our community, our state and our nation.
But what definition of “good government” are these two so-called nonpartisan organizations using? Is good government carrying a $3.6 billion structural budget deficit? Is good government raiding the transportation fund and the Injured Patients Compensation Fund to bankroll liberal pork projects? Is good government passing a state budget with skyrocketing tax increases? Is good government record statewide job losses?
Frankly, given the track record of the League of Women Voters, especially in their partnership with Common Cause Wisconsin, it’s really not surprising that they’re again attempting to force their liberal agenda onto yet another college campus. They pulled the same stunt on the UW-Whitewater College Republicans just last spring, so it’s clear that they’re embarking on a statewide tour to self-promote the platform of the left despite boasting of being “nonpartisan.”
If their goal here is to unabashedly attack the Republican Party and deceive college students, we’ll have no part in their games. But when they’re ready to talk real issues in a truly bipartisan fashion, the Republican Party of Portage County’s door is always open.
Patrick Testin is the chairman of the Republican Party of Portage County.