Thursday, November 21, 2013

The High Cost of Low Elected Expectations

By Jeff Simpson

I brought you my thoughts of what happened in the special elections yesterday and how to start fixing them in the future.   As I was going through the articles regarding the elections, something hit me that did not stand out at first.  

In the 69th, to replace dirty little Scott Suder,  republican Bob Kulp won.    Now we know that he will not be the brightest bulb on the legislative Christmas tree already but this one made me wonder.

See dirty little Scott Suder knew that when the United Sportsmen calamity came to light he had better be as far away from elected office as he could get.   DL Suder also knew that his friends Robin Vos and Scott Walker would give him cover to get out of there, because in the end he was giving hundreds of thousands of dollars of our taxpayer money to his friends, but they were also their friends.    Suderman just was willing to take the heat, as long as he got a nice promotion out of the deal.    

In recruiting his replacement, he found someone who would not upset the apple cart with any new thoughts or ideas and picked Bob Kulp to replace him.  

Contrast that with Kulp, who had created a campaign Facebook page the weekend before Suder even officially announced he was leaving the Assembly. Kulp also received the support of top Assembly Republicans, and Walker spoke in support of Kulp at a Marshfield fundraiser last week that drew hundreds of supporters.

However this from the person who ran a "jobs" campaign:

 Kulp said his first priority is figuring out what is stagnating job growth in the state.
So Mr. Jobs, in the party of jobs, who has been a candidate to replace dirty little suder for months, who knows he is the best person to represent the 69th assembly district in Madison, will soon get around to figuring out why Scott Walker has not created any jobs yet.  

Does anyone vet these people?   Is it any wonder our economy is a disaster? 

(Notice Luke Hilgemann in the background,  whispering in Kulp's ear.  As long as Kulp is an elected official, Hilgemann will be whispering in his ear.   Luke wants his $500,000 back)   


  1. My job takes me deep into the bowels of the 69th district. The very moment Scott Suder left for "greener" pastures, Kulp lawn signs popped up like dandelions in spring. Not once did I see a sign for either of his opponents. Now, I know that lawn signs don't vote. But they're still a damned good barometer of the electorate (and any particular political party's intent to be competitive in a race).

  2. The bigger story would be to find out where the signs were made, when they were made, and who paid for them.

  3. Bet the signs were not union made!