Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Let me get this straight. A one –year old Milwaukee boy is allegedly choked to death by his aunt, acting as the boy’s foster mother. It’s a tragic, criminal case, another example of a flawed foster care system.
How does a Milwaukee Democrat Assemblyman react? In a petty, partisan move, he blasts Republican state Senator Alberta Darling. Saying she was “heartsick,” Darling, who has fought for child safety and welfare her entire legislative career, called for a state investigation into the baby’s death.
Instead of joining in with Darling’s outrage, state Representative Josh Zepnick (D-Milwaukee) decided to play politics. Zepnick issued a press release that can only be described in terms like loony, bizarre, ludicrous, outrageous, and utterly stupid.
From Zepnick’s press release:
“I feel compelled to respond to the media frenzy surrounding the case details and unfinished business of family grieving and criminal justice system doing its job,” added Zepnick. “Senator Darling has jumped into a situation she knows little about and that is not in her backyard. This tragic loss of life is not the first case of child abuse in Milwaukee County and certainly not the first death. Where has Alberta been before this story made headlines?”
Not in Darling's backyard? Zepnick represents the south side of MIlwaukee, nowhere near where this murder took place. What's he shooting his mouth off about?
Maybe Zepnick, who is probably feeling a bit cockier than usual following the Democrats’ takeover of the Assembly, should sit back, take a deep breath, and think about how incredibly dumb he sounds.
Maybe Zepnick should read state Representative Sue Jeskewitz's press release in response to his idiotic statements where she defended Darling's record on children's issues.
And then maybe Zepnick should watch this Fox 6 New video and this Fox 6 News video and think about where the blame should ultimately lie.
And then maybe Zepnick should think about the risk of stripping babies away from solid, white foster families only to put them in the dangerous custody of blood relatives on the sole basis of color.
And then maybe Zepnick should think long and hard before putting out another stupid press release. Earth to Josh: The election is over. Sheldon Wasserman lost to Darling.