LETTER: ‘Left-leaning activists’ caused candidates to shun LWV forum

To Ozaukee Press:

We read with great concern the editorial in last week’s Ozaukee Press alleging we were not willing to participate in a debate for our respective state Assembly races.

Perhaps the most important in the editorial that needs to be addressed is the true identity of the League of Women Voters, which originally offered to facilitate a debate.

For the League to hide behind its mission statement, and for this paper to publish the myth that they are non-partisan, is ludicrous.

Of the members of the board who resided in Wisconsin in 2011, all but one of them signed the petition to recall Scott Walker.

We also know through personal contacts and Facebook posts that board members have attended fundraisers and functions for our opponents.

This group has also lobbied against literally hundreds of pieces of Republican-sponsored legislation in Madison in recent years.

To be clear, the League of Women Voters is a group of left-leaning activists masquerading as a non-partisan group.

Due to these concerns, we made some requests for a possible debate in order to ensure it would be fair for all involved.

Our requests were simple: a second neutral moderator and a debate involving all assembly candidates located within Ozaukee County, a format the league has utilized previously.

A group forum allows the public the opportunity to witness how legislators must come together to pass laws, as no one candidate can pass a bill.

Unfortunately, the League was not willing to comply with these requests and therefore no agreement was reached.

More than a month ago, we contacted Concordia University and asked them to host a candidate forum.

We gave them the option to partner with the League of Women Voters and the League was encouraged to get in touch with the University.

To date, the League has opted not to engage with Concordia and our opponents have stated they will not be participating in the forum.

We will be at the forum at Concordia University on Oct. 25 and we hope we do not have three empty chairs next to us.

Finally, to allege we are refusing to debate our opponents and discuss the issues is ridiculous.

We all have extensive voting records that are available for anyone to see.

We have also collectively knocked on thousands of doors in each of our districts to meet with voters and discuss what is most important to them.                 

State Rep. Robert Brooks, Saukville
State Rep. Jim Ott, Mequon
State Rep. Dan Knodl, Germantown

 

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