State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
Kreuser’s remarks to the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel are deplorable and should be retracted.
Here is Representative Nass’ letter to Kreuser:
January 4, 2008
Representative James Kreuser
Assembly Minority Leader
Room 201 West
Dear Representative Kreuser:
Today, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel printed a story on the deployments of Representative Roger Roth and Representative Mark Gundrum, both Republicans. These men have stepped forward to serve their country in a time of war. As citizen soldiers, these men stand beside thousands of other brave men and women in our Armed Forces to voluntarily serve in the defense of the United States.
In the story, you are quoted as suggesting that this is an opportunity for Democrats to play procedural games since the partisan make-up of the Assembly will temporarily narrow to 50-47. Setting aside our partisan differences, your statements are one of the most despicable actions I can recall in my 16 years of service in the State Assembly.
These men will be risking their lives by serving in the uniform of the United States in an area of conflict. This isn’t a political opportunity for either party, it is a time for prayer and reflection for the safe return of our colleagues and that of all members of the Armed Forces. I truly doubt that the families involved would share your perspective that their time of uncertainty should be seen by anyone as an opportunity to play partisan political games.
As the duly elected Minority Leader of the Wisconsin State Assembly, your words have tremendous impact on this institution and should be immediately retracted and apology offered to our colleagues, their families and all Wisconsin citizens currently serving their country.
31st Assembly District