Candidates for Governor
Posted: October 8, 2010
I have lived in the Chippewa Valley for 23 years and have taken an interest in political campaigns, although I've never been an active promoter of any candidates because I don't feel that it is right for a member of the media to take sides in public. That is why I very rarely discuss political races in my weekly editorial.
So instead of endorsing one of the two finalists to become the next governor of the State of Wisconsin, I have determined that there is nothing very appealing about either candidate. In other words, I will exercise my right to vote, but I am disappointed that former City of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (Dem.) and former state assemblyman and Milwaukee County executive Scott Walker (Rep.) are the best that the state can offer.
Both gubernatorial candidates have a jobs plan, but so have a number of other lawmakers (and our president) over the past 18 months. So far, these proposals have not worked so well.
Barrett, who has produced a 67-page job creation plan, wants to downsize the number of agencies throughout the state that deal with economic development and put one person in charge of Wisconsin's new Jobs Office. This is an admirable concept, since I have often questioned whether there is too much overlap between competing counties, state marketing agencies and economic development organizations.
Walker, who promotes less government involvement and reducing spending, sounds like the guy who could make state lawmakers more accountable.
But my biggest issue with the candidates is that have both spent their entire political careers in Milwaukee and Madison.
Milwaukee is a nice place to visit, but, in my opinion, it doesn't really represent the ideals of the entire state. In fact, I have been adamant that Milwaukee and Madison operate as their own entities as it relates to the rest of the state and I have criticized Governor Doyle for not naming more West Central Wisconsin residents and small business owners to his cabinet when he was elected 12 years ago.
If our best options for the next governor are career politicians from the state's largest municipality (which is financially broken, crime-ridden and four hours away), then I hope that whomever wins will at least realize the value of including the Chippewa Valley as the plan is executed to create more jobs.