Empower Wisconsin | Sept 28, 2020
MADISON — We’ve seen plenty of petulance from legislative Democrats and the Evers administration, but last week’s political temper-tantrum was historic.
Instead of graciously accepting invitations to attend an unprecedented address to the Legislature by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Dems played politics.
“To say the least, I’m very disappointed,” said Senate President Roger Roth (R-Appleton).
Roth had invited President Donald Trump’s top diplomat to address the Legislature after the wife of a Communist China official earlier this year lobbied Roth to pass a resolution praising the Asian nation’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roth did introduce a resolution, just not one the ChiComms would endorse. He asked the Senate to go on the record acknowledging “that the Communist Party of China deliberately and intentionally misled the world on the Wuhan Coronavirus.”
The incident brought Roth and the Secretary of State to conversation, and the Senate president asked Pompeo to deliver some remarks on China to the Legislature and other Wisconsin government officials.
Roth told Empower Wisconsin he first reached out to the state Department of Administration to request a permit to hold the event in the Capitol Rotunda so organizers could invite some local government leaders as well. Gov. Tony Evers’ DOA secretary denied the request, forcing the event to move into the much smaller Senate chamber.
Evers was invited. He declined, citing an “abundance of caution” during the pandemic. Roth invited members of the Democrat’s administration. They couldn’t make it for one reason or another. Nor could every single Democrat in the Assembly and Senate.
In the end, 30 Republican members of the Legislature turned out.
Sen. Janet Bewley (D-Mason) offered some song and dance about the dangers of COVID-19 in a letter to Roth, just one day before Pompeo’s speech. Roth said he had called his colleague earlier, telling her that the event would follow social distancing guidelines and all of the attendees would be required to wear a mask.
“She sends me this official letter the day before,” Roth said. “It was just an opportunity for them to drum up a story in the press.”
And the liberal opportunists played it to the hilt, to a sympathetic mainstream media.
At the end of the day, Pompeo’s visit — and his address warning about the dangers of China’s meddling in U.S. domestic affairs — should have been an event that Democrats with a modicum of class would find important to attend.
But class is something that has eluded the leftists in Wisconsin government. They are pouting children in a time that cries for statesmen and women.
They are tools.
And this week they are collectively Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.