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Evers is a jerk to Democrats, too

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers’ partisan petulance — his disdain for and inability to work with Republicans — is well known.

But Capitol sources say the Democrat is an equal opportunity employer of the political cold shoulder, notorious for ignoring his own party members in the Legislature.

They say Evers and his staff don’t return Dem lawmaker calls, fail to loop them in on everything from major policy initiatives to bill signings, and that he has refused to listen to Democratic legislative leadership ideas and suggestions.

That’s the kind of treatment Republicans have come to expect from a highly partisan liberal Democrat who has called them “amoral,” “stupid,” and “bastards,” among other “intolerant” descriptors. His Mr. Nice Guy “Gee Folks” image has always been one of the lamest lies in Wisconsin politics. But sources say Evers is turning on the ones he loves.

“He doesn’t return calls to Janet Bewley,” one Capitol source told Empower Wisconsin, referring to Senate Minority Leader Janet Bewley (D-Mason). Bewley, who earlier this year called her constituents “not smart  because they wouldn’t support local tax increases, did not return a request for comment.

Another legislative source tells Empower Wisconsin that Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) is “frustrated.”

“He expected to get some part in the administration as secretary,” the source said, adding that Dem representatives have complained that there is “little communication” from the governor’s office. Hintz’s office did not return a request for comment.

The legislative insider noted Evers’ signing of a bill aimed at lowering prescription drug prices and checking the power of pharmacy benefit managers. In a time of deep partisan division, the bill proved to be extraordinarily bipartisan, with more than 130 lawmakers from both parties signing on. Team Evers sent out a press release at 5:30 p.m. the night before he signed the bill in Wausau.

“What the hell! Even his side was wondering what his thinking was,” he said. “You don’t want to give Republicans any wins. I get it. But this one was such an easy win for everybody.”

Sen. Van Wanggaard wondered the same this week. In a press release celebrating the signing of a bipartisan package of law enforcement reform bills, the Racine Republican was taken aback by Evers’ low-key handling of the event.

“It is curious, however, that rather than celebrate the Republicans and Democrats coming to agreement on these bills, Governor Evers signed these bills in private with no notice,” Wanggaard said. “Instead, he puts out a statement complaining that he didn’t get everything he wanted and advocating for ideas that make every man, woman and child, regardless of race, less safe. For someone who claims he wants Republicans and Democrats to work together to improve Wisconsin, he once again shows otherwise.”

It was another example of Evers catering to his far left base when he could have been building bridges on important policy issues.

Part of the problem, according to one Capitol source, is that Evers and the people who advise him have made “some really rookie mistakes.” And some egregious ones, too. This is the same governor whose staff secretly recorded Republican leadership in a private policy conversation. That Nixonesque style of leadership doesn’t instil a lot of trust in anyone.

More so, Tony Evers is not a conciliator. He’s not a uniter. He’s used any olive branch he’s gotten his hands on to beat his political opponents with, and, it seems, his legislative allies.

“It’s either his way or the highway,” a Capitol source said.

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5 thoughts on “Evers is a jerk to Democrats, too

  • Do you want to know why other politicos are too scared to disobey Tony? Look into the man’s reputation in his hometown of Plymouth, WI. If you get one of the locals liquored up, they might tell you about what really happened in Mullet River in October 2019.

  • Republicans……get to work. Get this guy out of office and let’s return to some progress in making our state great again, as it was under Walker.
    Republicans need to get strong and stand up for what they believe and what their constituents want and need.
    This goes for the Federal level too. Republicans…stand up, be vocal and get the job done.

  • Beavers is a moron and a unionista blue fist CS. That’s why I do not like the idea of unionized GOV employees. All sucking off of us tax payers and many feel they are elite and far superior to common man, especially educators now. Any time you indoctrinate people into the blue fist mindset they become NAZI, radical commie. That’s why I quit unions in my twenties. When the leaders called non union workers the enemy and needed to be wiped out I knew I could not tolerate them, I went non union to fight and spite them. That was in 1976, and I believe much worse now with afl cio commies as we see at these universities.

  • Tony is a bureaucrat, he is never wrong and is never to be questioned by anyone from any party. That’s his upbringing as a part of the education bureaucracy. Never question administration.

  • He’s a former teacher and superintendent. Do you really think he knows anything out the fact that he ruled the classroom. We, the public and voters, are treated like kids in his former classroom. We’re not to have any say-he rules all.

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