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 young 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.
All around the state, local municipalities are buzzing, excited about implementing an ordinance similar to those already in effect in Franklin that limit where released sex offenders can live or congregate. Over 30 have either passed or are seriously considering adopting the common sense, child protection measure that has passed constitutional muster.
The southeastern Wisconsin city of…..
A character from Winnie the Pooh….
FRANKLIN HAS PASSED TWO ORDINANCES!
THE COURTS HAVE UPHELD FRANKLIN’S ORDINANCES!
GREENDALE HAS PASSED AN ORDINANCE!
BUT ISN’T THIS UNFAIR TO THE SEX OFFENDER??????
And think about it some more….
One of the Greenfield aldermen doesn’t like the idea.
He makes all kinds of public statements in support of sex offenders as opposed to Greenfield children and their parents.
And then what does that alderman do?
HE ANNOUNCES HE’S RUNNING FOR MAYOR!!!
Hello, I’m Tom “let the pervert live where he wants to live" Pietrowski. I’m running on the pro-sex offender platform and I want to be in charge of the entire city. Please vote for me and take a sex offender out to lunch. And have a nice day.
Whenever this ludicrous idea of trying to make your community’s most vulnerable citizens, its children, safe from sex offenders comes up, you can always count on opposition from the following: state bureaucrats. They sit at a desk in Madison, miles away from the community they’re dictating to.
I’ve seen it before. The Department of Corrections says this can’t be done because there are no guarantees, etc, etc. And sometimes, the locally elected officials nod like lemmings and think, oh my God, if some Colorado professor who wrote a study doesn’t like this, why should I?
These are the same state bureaucrats who insanely argued at the state Capitol against GPS legislation, legislation that had overwhelming support from the public and ultimately, from the entire Legislature, save one or two votes. (The truth is, the bureaucrats oppose measures like GPS because they don’t want to create additional work or responsibilities on their lazy bureaucracy).
Consider this, sleepytown Greenfield. The bureaucrats rode into Muskego and gave the same “It won’t work” song and dance."
But the locals in charge of Muskego, and good for them, decided to do what’s best for their community, and refused to be lectured by the bureaucrats and passed a restrictive sex offender ordinance.
Now the bureaucracy road show traveled to Greenfield. They’re thinking of making it tougher on sex offenders? We can’t have that! And testify in Greenfield they did. See Paragraph 10.
And the Greenfield reaction was to go…..
Have some guts? Show some courage? Do what you were elected to do? Take a vote? Make a decision on an issue?
Greenfield decided to……..
The Common Council decided to………………
Are you ready for this?
Have a public hearing.
They decided to……
Am I going too fast?
Have a public hearing.
THEY’VE ALREADY HAD PUBLIC HEARINGS!
I PERSONALLY HAVE ATTENDED A COUPLE!
AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
AM I TALKING TOO FAST ALDERMAN TOM “I CARE MORE ABOUT THE OFFENDERS THAN THE CHILDREN” PIETROWSKI”……
NO ONE SPOKE AGAINST THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE.
EVERYONE SPOKE IN FAVOR!!!!
So, Greenfield parents, Greenfield boys and girls, you have to wait.
You have to wait a little longer.
You know why?
Because your safety and well-being apparently isn’t as important as that of the released sex offenders.
Yes, let’s talk and talk and talk and talk about this some more. Let’s not make a decision. What do we care? Kids can’t vote anyway, right?
What's next in Greenfield? The formation of a special task force?
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OK. At least the question was legitimate.
The answer is YES!
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