By Jeff Simpson
The real headline should read "Assembly staffer threatens democratically elected Senator for working with democratically elected Superintendent of Schools on Public School issues":
“Luther Olsen ambushed the idea,” said Mike Mikalsen, the chief of staff for Rep. Steve nASS, R-Whitewater, who coauthored the bill. “To announce the morning of a hearing by giving special access to the Associated Press and then still hold the hearing is pretty insulting to those that worked on this bill.”
“That’s fine if he’s opposed to the bill,” Mikalsen said. “But you should hold a legititmate hearing. Today’s hearing was a farce. But Olsen has always been closely aligned with (state superintendent) Tony Evers. And that’s part of the problem.”
“This treatment will not soon be forgotten by his colleagues,” Mikalsen(who is NOT one of Olsen's colleagues) said of Olsen.
I am not sure how it is ok for an Assembly staffer to threaten and try and intimidate a democratically elected State Senator.
I am also not sure who exactly elected Mike Mikalsen, or what his education experience is to be the one speaking in favor of SB619, or complaining about Superintendent Evers being involved in the public school debate.
I also find it very telling that the only kind of Government that Mr. Mikalsen seems to ok, is one that is done behind closed doors. It is also not the least bit surprising that 110 Superintendents showing up in force(along with countless other, educators, school board members and education experts) to almost unanimously oppose SB619 would not even make someone like Mr. Mikalsen rethink his position on this bill for a split second!
This bit of thuggery, is what you get when you elect one party republican rule.
I sure hope Steve Nass has an opponent in the upcoming general election!
110 Superintendents of Schools show up to oppose SB619
PS: I have been told that Mr. Mikalsen said that the show for SB619 was irrelevant because Scott Walker plans on passing it in his next budget if it does not pass before then. Something to think about in November!