The flat-out arrogance we're seeing from Senators Glenn Grothman and Scott Fitzgerald should see some kind of voter blowback, if just to send a message the electorate still counts in this representative democracy.
But the breathlessly angry Borg-like "stand with Walker" base, who have been herded into the fantasy bubble world of know-it-all "leaders" and mounting Ebola threats, don't seem to care.
In today's get-to-know your candidates profile in the 6th District, Sen. Scott Fitzgerald refused to participate:
Michelle Zahn, the owner of a mail-order specialty soap company, is challenging five-term incumbent Scott L. Fitzgerald for his state Senate seat … Fitzgerald’s campaign declined to supply information for this article.And why should he, he's a leader?
Even more egregious is the sudden complete disappearance of media darling Sen. Glenn Grothman, running for a congressional seat against Democrat Mark Harris.
Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris has participated in two debates that Grothman declined to attend. Staying out of the spotlight is an unusual approach for Grothman, who's known for making bold, often polarizing statements. But in addition to declining debates, he's also been unusually unavailable to media. "Grothman has largely gone quiet, taking a low-key approach to campaigning and avoiding making any eyebrow-raising statements," wrote Amanda Terkel for the Huffington Post.The less you know, the better? Grothman's strategy says more about the partisan and irresponsible nature of conservative voters. Republican constituents don't need anything but and (R) next to the candidates name.
The wonkish fiscal brilliance of Mark Harris doesn't hold a candle to Grothman's vision on the real issues:
Glenn Grothman on Equal Pay Rights: "You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true." Source: The Daily BeastThe above examples were put together by Harris for the web site "The Real Glenn Grothman."
Glenn Grothman on Single-Parenthood: "A controversial bill targeting single parents came to the table at the Senate Committee on Public Health, Human Services and Revenue public hearing in Wisconsin this week. State senator Glenn Grothman, an admitted opponent of the social welfare establishment that he believes encourages women to have children out of wedlock, introduced Senate Bill 507, which would formally consider single parenthood a contributing factor to child abuse, if passed into law. SB507 would require the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize that non-marital parenthood is a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect." Source: The Huffington Post
Glenn Grothman on women in the workforce: "Also, and any big company will tell you this, they're doing what they can to promote the women ahead of the men. Now in addition to the fact that that leads to a little bit of chicanery as people pretend the woman's owning the company when the guy's owning the company. In the long run a lot of women like to stay at home and have their husbands be the primary bread winner. You have to ask yourself in this country can we continue to exist if we have a government that is actively discouraging the government or the businesses from hiring men? And that's a very sensitive iss ue but that's what's going on in America today. It's another issue that nobody is tackling." Source: Washington County Tea Party Rally, August 2010
Glenn Grothman on sex education: "Why sit down with 7th graders and say to some you will be heterosexual, some homosexual? Part of that agenda which is left unsaid is that some of those who throw it out as an option would like it if more kids became homosexuals," he said. Source: Madison Capital Times