Who represents the 1 percent in Wisconsin?
Let’s take a trip down Memory Lane. Back in 2012, we had a presidential race where one of the candidates was portrayed as an out-of-touch-with-the-people elitist. Mitt Romney was a millionaire who could not relate to the middle class of Wisconsin according to the narrative. He knew 47 percent of voters would not support him, and he was right. He lost here in Wisconsin and nationally. Never mind that Romney gave all of the money he inherited from his father to charity. He and his wife, Ann, practically started life over together, living in a basement apartment and he built his fortune the old-fashioned way. He earned it. Democrats in this state attacked him for it. But that was then and this is now. We have several people running for governor with one of them considered the front-runner of her party. Mary Burke is the Democratic challenger and the incumbent is Republican Scott Walker. She was handpicked by Mike Tate, chairman of the state Democratic Party. They will not even let other candidates speak at their upcoming convention. The ad wars that start soon portray Burke as something she is not and will portray Walker as something he is not. Burke has nothing in common with the middle class. She is a multi-millionaire living off daddy’s money. The one business she started on her own without family failed. When things got tough for her, she took a year’s sabbatical to go snowboarding in Argentina and other places. When she moved to Milwaukee, this elitist who spent time in Washington D.C. and New York City was quoted as saying: “What am I doing here” and promptly moved out of state to Seattle. Once she decided to move to Madison, she spent over $120,000 to buy herself a spot on the local school board. Who does that? Meanwhile Walker was representing his constituents in the State Assembly. He really did take a brown bag lunch to work every day, earning his $49,000 annual salary. Once he became Milwaukee County Executive, he donated a portion of his salary back to the taxpayers every year. Walker still lives in the modest house he and his wife Tonette own on 68th Street in Wauwatosa when not in Madison. They have two sons that attended public schools and are now parents with children in college here in the state — one at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the other at Marquette. Burke has multiple homes worth millions of dollars. When middle-class voters of this state ask, who is the candidate that best represents me, they will have to decide between a real 1 percenter, someone who knows nothing about the middle class since she has spent life with a silver spoon in her mouth, and someone who has lived with middle-class values all of his life. And that person is Scott Walker. Don’t be fooled by the narrative that has suddenly —conveniently — flipped this year.