Wisconsin Politics Recovery Plan

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff

Now that the recall is over, the question many Wisconsinites are wondering if our state can return to political civility. This election has produced many raw emotions from both democrats and republicans.

Some lawmakers even say it's going to take both elected officials and the public to bring a renewed sense of civility to Wisconsin politics. Tom Barrett being one of them.

"I just got off the phone with Governor Walker and congratulated him on his victory tonight. We agreed that it is important for us to work together", claims Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett after election results were in last Tuesday.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker agreed they both would need to commit to working together to achieve success to move the state forward.

But Senator Dale Schultz says a return to respectful political discourse in the state is going to take a lot of work and won't be overnight. Schultz said, "I don't think anybody is naive enough to think that suddenly kumbaya is going to break out, but we have to start somewhere."

Schultz drafted a letter and sent it out to media outlets across the state as a call to his fellow legislators to work together to get the state back on track.

Schultz wrote, "People in this state want us to work together and they are tired of the screaming and the talking past one another. They want their problems addressed."

The Director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics and Leadership at Viterbo Richard Kyte says it's going to take more than lawmakers' cooperation. He adds the voters have a responsibility too.

"If we reward incivility by electing people who don't get along with one another, then of course it's going to encourage more of it. So ultimately, the citizenry in a democracy is responsible for setting the tone for action", said Kyte.

Since the collective bargaining protests in 2011 and the recall election in 2012 gained national attention, the way Wisconsin chooses to move forward could make it a role model for political civility for the rest of the country.

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