Christian Schneider wrote an interesting article in this weekends Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the Wisconsin 21st Senate District primary. The articles focus was on whether one candidate was too conservative, not conservative enough or just the right amount of conservative .
Schneider laid some interesting groundwork and imposed some compelling questions. As usual my questions weren't the ones that Mr Schneider looked at.
Van Wanggaard had a choice to make, vote yes on Act 10 and possibly lose his Senate seat for a short period or vote no and keep the seat for a very short period.
This isn't the first time in recent memory that the right vote cost a politician their job. The first was George Petak and his vote concerning Miller Park and Racine County being a part of the stadium tax syndicate, the second was when Senator Tom Reynolds withheld his vote on the state budget until automatic tax gas increases were taken out of it. Both men stood their ground and ended their legislative careers.
Unfortunately for Wanggaard he seems to have drawn the short straw on both accounts.
The sad part of this primary is not the qualifications of either Wanggaard nor his primary opponent, Jonathan Steitz, but the reaction of those supporting both of them with disgusting actions and less then party building personal attacks.
I really don't understand nor appreciate the intense feelings by either camp, because when you have to resort to name calling, verbally attacking one another and just overall repugnant behavior you need to reassess what you're doing.