Isn’t it obvious by now that the state's lazy anti-government Republicans aren’t interested solving problems?
Since Republicans took over, they’ve trashed and passed laws that hurt Milwaukee, a predominantly Democratic city with a huge minority population (They're doing the same thing now in Dane County).
We should probably thank Rep. Bob Gannon (R-Slinger) for revealing how Scott Walker and the Republicans really feel about Milwaukee. It’s apparently too much work to help solve the unemployment and educational gap in the state’s largest city, so treat it like a rogue territory?
Surprise, their “spending and tax cut” solutions for every problem aren’t magically working. Even more clueless, they forgot how Walker failed to solve every one of these problems as county executive.
Slinger voters must be so proud. It’s not a place I would feel safe visiting anytime soon. JS:
Republican Rep. Bob Gannon (R-Slinger) recently accused Democrats of blaming Republicans for "every malady known by man," and called on them to "be honest about job creation." In his statement, which was released last week, Gannon then focused his comments on problems with unemployment and crime in Milwaukee's African American population, and said the city is "the anchor holding back the ship of state as far as jobs is concerned."
Now Gannon is drawing fire for his comments - as well as for flipping off a Democratic lawmaker who was criticizing his statement on the floor of the Assembly Tuesday.
Here’s a look at Gannon in action. Note: While Gannon blamed Milwaukee’s problems on the mayor, police and DA, he conveniently forgot about their right wing wacko county sheriff David Clarke; also, Rep. Robin Vos let Gannon off the hook for flipping Peter Barca "the bird." Real class:
In his statement titled "Murder, Mayhem and Jobs," Gannon noted the state's job creation numbers would significantly improve "if only our largest city would clean up the murder and mayhem on their streets. Milwaukee leads in murders and mayhem per capita, with a large number of these crimes occurring in mainly black neighborhoods, the same neighborhoods with the worst unemployment rates in the state. Could one make a connection between employment opportunities and the level of crime on those same streets? What employer will build or expand when they fear muggings, car jackings, attempted murder, or other serious criminal threats to their employees?"
On Tuesday, Gannon apologized for raising his middle finger at Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), but added that he didn't like the way he was "attacked.
Democrats did show some spine:
County Executive Chris Abele called his comments "sweeping and offensive generalizations.""Jobs, crime, and education aren't Democratic issues or Republican issues, nor are they simply Milwaukee's issues -- they are Wisconsin issues and American issues. Instead of making sweeping and offensive generalizations that diminish Milwaukee's essential role in making Wisconsin great, it is incumbent upon elected officials like Rep. Gannon to offer real solutions that will help us overcome the serious challenges we face as a city, county, and state."Patrick Curley, chief of staff for Mayor Tom Barrett, bristled at Gannon's comments that Milwaukee is responsible for the state's sagging job numbers. "Who is this fella? Is he an adult? Is he really in the State Assembly?" Curley said.