September 2, 2020 – Germantown, WI – While doing business errands today I noticed a make-shift corner display with some very well-meaning citizens asking passers-by to stop and sign a recall petition against Governor Tony Evers and Lt. Governor Mandella Barnes. My first thought was ‘good for them’ for taking the initiative.
The more I thought about it, though, I realized the most effective way to stop the Governor, and for sure the least expensive, is to neutralize his power by electing a veto-proof state legislature. This means voters need to hold all the current Assembly seats and add 3 more to give Republicans a 66-vote majority in that house.
In the State Senate, 16 of the 33 seats are up for election and by upping their 19-14 majority by 3 seats the Republicans could have a 22-11 veto-proof majority.
This kind of power in the Madison Statehouse would effectively neutralize Evers in that the two houses could override any vetoes he might conjure up during the balance of his term. It could also save taxpayers millions of dollars by not having a special recall election. And keep in mind, if there is a recall election, all the spending limits normally imposed are tossed out, which means millions in out-of-state funding could be funneled into a campaign to save him in his seat as Governor.
So while we applaud those citizens and their efforts with their hand-made recall signs, that energy and focus could perhaps be better spent on working to get all Republicans elected to seats in the State Assembly and Senate. And don’t forget the election of Republican candidates on the ballot or the U.S. House of Representatives.
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