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Letter to the editor: Legislator's actions don't pass the smell test

12:39 PM, Feb. 13, 2013  |  Comments
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To the editor:

Something's rotten in Wisconsin's 36th Assembly District. Jeff Mursau's been using a "survey" of his redrawn district as evidence of amazing support for his positions. With a straight face, he touts 900 survey responses he says will guide him in the current legislative session.

What's wrong with that? Election results show 26,883 voters went to the polls Nov. 6 in the 36th. Ignoring the thousands who didn't vote, Mursau is using less than THREE PERCENT of actual voting constituents to justify his votes. What's most suspicious is that not a single Democrat I know received a survey.

Sorry, this doesn't pass the smell test. It sure looks like Mursau is deceitfully using responses from 900 cherry-picked constituents to justify voting to gut environmental regulations in favor of mining companies, expand vouchers to ultimately destroy public schools, let struggling school districts/municipalities continue to wither on the vine, deny women and the poor basic health care, etc. Perhaps he'll even cite the survey as justification to ignore 165 years of tradition to rig Wisconsin's Electoral College votes in 2016.

Is this what democracy looks like? First, you gerrymander districts so your seat is safe in perpetuity. Then you push voter suppression to make your opposition less likely to vote. Third, you don't host public forums and actually face your constituents. Finally, you send surveys to people who support your right-wing agenda, then use the results to justify your right wing agenda.

No matter your political persuasion, you have to admit this stinks.

Kathleen Marsh

Townsend

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