Insulting Letter to Dem. Senator Mark Miller from Scott Fitzgerald

Scott Not-Afraid-To-Be-A-Royal-Prick Fitzgerald: Republican Majority Leader, Wisconsin State Senate

March 7, 2011

Sen. Mark Miller

Parts Unknown, IL

Dear Senator Miller,

Thank you for your hand-delivered letter with an offer to meet, in Illinois, about the business and future direction of Wisconsin.   Let’s set aside how bizarre that is for a moment.

As you know, this legislation is designed to finally balance the state budget, prevent layoffs and create jobs in the real world.  There are hundreds of thousands of unemployed or underemployed Wisconsinites, and at least 1,500 more whose jobs are in the balance because of your media stunt.  We all deserve better than this. In the meantime, members of your caucus have been meeting with the governor’s staff, talking to the media, trying to find a way back to Madison, and contradicting your message in public.  In case you don’t remember, you were present yourself at one of those meetings with the governor’s staff.

Your grasp of reality, and control of your caucus as minority leader, continues to amaze me. As you know, your opportunity to compromise and amend the bill was on the floor of the state Senate.  As you know, you forfeited that right and opportunity when you decided to flee the state instead of doing your job.

Your stubbornness in trying to ignore the last election and protect the broken status quo is truly shameful.  While we wait for you and your colleagues to finally show up, Senate Republicans continue to stand ready to do the job we were elected to do, here in Wisconsin.  I hope you are enjoying your vacation, and your vacation from reality.


Scott Fitzgerald

Senate Majority Leader CC: Governor Scott Walker

Link to PDF at Wheeler Report

15 thoughts on “Insulting Letter to Dem. Senator Mark Miller from Scott Fitzgerald

  1. The progressive people need to be a voice of reason in a world of chaos. Remember this we out number the extreme right and process the education and reasoning powers over and above the tea party folks. If we stay focused and stay together we can right the wrongs done here in the last months. USE OUR VOICE VOTE and RECALL.

  2. Sen. Fitzgerald couldn’t have said it any better.

    Elections have consequences, running away has consequences. The absent Dems are doing nothing for their State other than protecting the interests of union leaders and their sheep.

    • To Steve O-..and arrogant power grabs have consequences. With regard to the “sheep” comment: people who value public education are not sheep, nor are those that value medical care for the poor, or rights for workers. People who march in the cold walking on concrete and hard roads and who occupy buildings and maybe risk arrest are not sheepish. I am very proud of the risks and work people are committing themselves to in Wisconsin to stand by what they believe in. This is not astroturf. We are authentic.

  3. I’m ashamed to say that I reside in Sen. Fitzgerald’s district. He has always impressed me as being someone who is very impressed with himself.

  4. Stay strong. Be a shinning example.
    Pay no attention to the deluded.
    They are not mean spirited just misinformed.

    Our biggest problem as Americans is that we are a trusting people. To our detriment.

    Pro Union Pro Education Pro Health Care.

    I read the other day that people making millions and above are trying to tell people making 30,000 and below that the 50.000 are the problem.

    To Victory Always

  5. Who released this letter to the public; was it Miller or Fitzgerald?

    Personally, I don’t see any upside for the Democrats to have this one being batted around publicly. It just gives more resonance to GOP talking points and lets them set the topic of debate before the public.

    • Roland – Interesting. I do rather “protect” this space from things like Fitzie’s letter. I think right about now I wanted to have my reason to dig at Scott: the “not-afraid-to-be-a-royal-prick” barb. The most mature reason, is that I also wanted to show today’s letters in a grouping. I also want to make it plain that I am not afraid of Fitzie’s letter. I also want to show this guy’s insulated and boldly obstinate nature. As IdentityH said-“Fitzgerald always insists that the way to do things is to negotiate with him, and then he proceeds to show his true colors as an unreasonable bull-headed uncompromising conservative idealogue”. I can’t write it better than that.
      Lastly, one of my fellow bloggers thought that this was so comically phrased that it had to be a spoof letter. The guy is making a clown of himself.

  6. Jaw dropping and unbelievable. My Senator is one of the 14 and I’m pleased as punch with how he’s representing my district. It’s becoming ever the more clear that the only ones that have taken a vacation from reality are Walker and his fellow Republicans.

  7. What a GREAT letter! Telling it like it is. This is very complimentary to the news conference he had with Gov Walker today.

    Stay strong the fiscal future of this state depends on you not caving to these “senators” during their media stunt.

    And to you lefties, I don’t want to ever hear about the voter being disenfranchised ever again. The fleeing 14 are disenfranchising every voter who participated in the last election. For those eligible voters who didn’t vote in the last election, who cares about them. .

    • Response to Mark – I wouldn’t say that buying Wisconsin time to understand what legislation is before them and hold a public hearing is a stunt. Even those who believe in god think it might have taken 7 days to create the heavens and the earth. But Walker demanded the budget disrepair bill be processed in 6. The UW Madison took the weekend to figure out they were getting put out of the UW system. Each day a new discovery unfolded from those over-140 pages.. His arrogance was met with alarm for good reason. I’m happy my Democratic Senators left. Walker over-reached big time and now his approval ratings are sucking, and an incredible groundswell of action is occurring on the Left. And it’s not astroturf.
      It’s interesting he thinks he’s emulating Ronald Reagan [or that’s one thing I learned in that prank call of 20 minutes…20 long minutes with “David Koch”]. I remember a lot about Reagan, but I thought he had some charm at least. Was Reagan actually this dictatorial and wooden?
      As for that fiscal future, give these two hippy-dippy left-wing outlets a look-see, and tell me what you think. : Forbes says the guy is a big liar on the taxpayer getting socked hard with benefits pay-outs for public employees:
      They are citing & David Cay Johnston.

      And Politifact says he’s full o crap when he says “Wisconsin is broke”:

      Your voter disenfranchisement comment is just pure…. You are not in the right there. And I’m not going to say exactly what I think, because you might cry.

  8. There’s nothing unduly insulting about this letter. If I were in Fitzgerald’s seat and had his views about what is right for Wisconsin, i would feel the same way, and I would feel that the missing Dems would be worthy of beratement.

    There are people running around Madison with signs condemning Walker and calling the Republican party “heartless bastards” (I saw that one on Lake today), and I agree with what they feel but not necessarily how they’re going about it.

    I realize as much as the next person that the Democrats are doing this not as a stunt but as a political protest and strategy. But I’ll remember this when, sometime in the future, in some state, Republican Senators flee, or filibuster, or do some questionable-though-valid tactic to uphold their views, and all of you rain condemnation on them as if they were the weakest, most cowardly idiots America has ever seen.

    So again, I say, in comparison, there is nothing unduly insulting about this letter.

  9. I love this. The state Republicans have zero instinct for messaging. This letter does nothing but telegraph powerlessness and desperation, which is not the image you want as majority leader…

  10. It amazes me how Fitzgerald always insists that the way to do things is to negotiate with him, and then he proceeds to show his true colors as an unreasonable, bull-headed, uncompromising conservative ideologue.

    The man is little more than an overgrown bully, for whom compromise is a foreign concept, and he does a VERY poor job of hiding it.

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