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Leave it to Evers: Capitol still shattered by riots

Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 12, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers was slow to send in the National Guard during the riots that ripped through downtown Madison in late June. 

His Department of Administration has been even slower in fixing the damage done to Wisconsin’s iconic Capitol Building. 

As Sen. Duey Stroebel noted last week, the entire first floor of the building remains boarded, with no declared timeline for plans to remove the coverings. The Saukville Republican said that’s no way to treat the headquarters of Wisconsin government. 

“Our State Capitol is both a place of business and a symbol of Wisconsin. It is one of the most beautiful Capitol buildings in the country and the only one where all three branches of government work,” Stroebel said in a statement.  

“By leaving our Capitol boarded up indefinitely, Governor Evers is continuing to signal he does not have the political will to control violent rioters. What message does this send to the residents of Wisconsin that come to see the ‘People’s House?’” the senator added. 

Is it any wonder that a governor who locked down the Capitol and its police as a radical left mob ripped down century-old statues and vandalized the statehouse before firebombing Madison’s City-County Building? As Empower Wisconsin has reported, the governor didn’t call in the State Police, either. Instead, he and his staff helplessly watched as the riots raged on — in the name of social justice. 

Now, nearly four months later, the Capitol looks like a stately lady with her front teeth punched out. 

“I certainly understand that there are individuals who are intent on vandalizing property, but Governor Evers should not cower to those who threaten destruction and bully us,” Stroebel said. “We stand for law and order, and we need to be prepared at all times to defend our great State Capitol in light of the incivility that has been all too common in Madison.  

“Wisconsin should stand proud for democracy, not with boarded windows, but with adequate resources to ensure law and order at our State Capitol.”

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