This is rich. In order to resolve the budget “impasse” that they created by fleeing the state, the fourteen Democrats elected to represent various jurisdictions in the Wisconsin state Senate have invited the Republican governor to meet with them near the border of a neighboring state. That good man wisely dismissed the letter in which they suggested the meeting:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday dismissed as “ridiculous” a letter from a Democratic state Senate leader who suggested a meeting “near the Wisconsin-Illinois border” to discuss the state’s budget impasse.
Sen. Mark Miller sent the letter to Walker on Monday, offering a border summit as a way to resume stalled negotiations on the state’s budget.
Border summit? Huh? Are they attempting to resolve tense relations between the Badger State and the Land of Lincoln? Will they need intermediaries from a neutral state?
Shouldn’t they return to Wisconsin if they wish to resolve Wisconsin‘s budget impasse? Maybe the governor might meet with them if they returned to the state they were elected to serve.
In what Moe Lane calls, “one of the better official political letters“, Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald reminds his Minority counterpart how representative democracies work:
As you know, your opportunity to compromise and amend the bill was on the floor of the state Senate. As you know, you forfeited that right and opportunity when you decided to flee the state instead of doing your job.
Just love the way the Republican who has remained in his jurisdiction doing his job addresses the letter to the flighty Democrat: “Sen. Mark Miller/Parts Unknown, IL.”