By Jeff Simpson
The rightward local newspaper - Marshfield News Herald -endorsed Republican Bob Kulp in the special election to fill Scott Suder's very dirty little shoes.
Kulp’s flaw is that, somewhat surprisingly, much of his discussion felt a bit removed from the real-world impact of the policies. A strong supporter of broad expansion of school vouchers — which he renamed, a bit heavyhandedly, “opportunity scholarships” — he seemed to have little knowledge of the program’s actual record in Milwaukee, where it has existed for decades with middling results.Shorter version: Bob Kulp doesn't understand the issues and we hope he doesn't join the hyperpartisan republicans in Madison, although he probably will. Hey we tried.
Few candidates can be experts in every policy area. But it illustrates a potential risk for Kulp: the temptation to substitute the answers of political ideology for real-world experience, pragmatic problem-solving and a willingness to critically re-examine his own preferences based on the evidence.
The reality is ACT10 and voucher expansion has real world consequences in Marshfield and the 69th Assembly district. Do you really want to continue to be a minor league system for teachers? Is it ok with you that the grass IS greener in other districts? Is mediocrity ok for your kids? Do you really want to vote for someone who is "removed from the real-world impact of the policies", because our children are NOT removed.
The true choice is Ken Slezak for the 69th!