Muskego Recall Won't Happen After All

Muskego for Ethical Government decides not to pursue a recall of Alderman Keith Werner, citing a likely court battle that would incur big legal bills, and leaving the 4th District without a representative.

It appears that the recall efforts in Muskego have come to an end, as Muskego for Ethical Government has decided "it is no longer appropriate to submit signatures" and will suspend its efforts to recall Alderman Keith Werner.

Despite having enough signatures and issuing a statement indicating they were moving forward even though Werner is resigning in June, the group cited "lengthy court battles and exorbitant legal fees" as part of the reason for the change of mind.

"Based on communications between MEG and staff attorneys at the State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, MEG recognizes that filing the signatures for recall would set the stage for a precedent setting judicial case," treasurer Deb Bolton stated in a release on behalf of MEG. "While we believe that the end result would be a recall election that would fulfill our obligation to the citizens of District 4, we do not see this as a reasonable choice.   It would leave the citizens of District 4 without representation for an unacceptable length of time and would turn Muskego into a courtroom drama.  This is not in the city’s best interest."

The City will now be able to proceed with a request for applicants for the vacancy to fill the position by council vote.

Marguerite Ingold May 15, 2012 at 06:54 PM
The silent majority wins, Sanity might be restored and we can all pull together for a better community.
Suzi Link May 15, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Ms. Ingold I couldn't agree more. Today the Silent Majority has won yet another major battle to restore ethical and representative govenment in Muskego. It is remarkable to be on the same side for a change. and creates the possibility of reunification of the City. Please note, however, that the healing cannot begin until the annonomous (I am NOT referring to you) name-callers and fiction authors stop the pointless and unfounded attacks that have contributed so much to the friction in Muskego. We will just have to wait and see.
Denise Konkol (Editor) May 15, 2012 at 07:37 PM
After all of this I am interested to see who will step forward to submit an application.
thomas l. ralston May 15, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Now M.E.G. is concerned about costs? All of their machinations have cost this city plenty. There are the direct costs such as the legal fees for defending against the phony, made up, direct legislation referendum ploy. And how about the indirect costs? What do you think it cost this city to have a clique of vengeful, spite mongers flashing recall signs all over town? This, because of their selfish desire to punish people for wanting some small piece of public space on "their lake". Think other people will want to move or invest here when they would have M.E.G. as neighbors? Why can't you come clean at least and admit you dont have, nor could you ever get, the number of recall signatures you needed? As for the original question who should replace Werner? Suzi Link of course. Stand up Suzi! This is your time! Put your skills to use! Let your charm, grace and intellect flourish in a new roll. No more string pulling, puppet work. No more minions only getting a half-assed job done. From now on, get it done right from the get-go. Do it yourself! And when it comes to getting you elected, my checkbook is open. Let me know where I can send my contribution to your campaign. Just always remember one thing. Listen to your constituants or you can count on getting, dare I say, RECALLED!
Nate D. May 15, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Hey Ralston - How concerned were you with costs while circulating your own recall petition of Walker? What is that costing us....$15-20 million? Please.
The Anti-Alinsky May 15, 2012 at 10:15 PM
At least one of these silly recalls is dead. If only the Liberals in the rest of the state had realized how disastrous the other recalls will be for them we could have had a much easier summer.
Suzi Link May 16, 2012 at 12:25 AM
To the Anti---- Your "supposition/assumption" that MEG is a "Liberal" politicial action commiitte is the funniest thing you have ever posted. Thanks for the laugh.
The Anti-Alinsky May 16, 2012 at 12:51 AM
What's funny is how you foolishly keep trying to take the moral high road despite the fact that many more Muskego voters now see you for who you really are. I've laid out my parallels between MEG and the Liberals in this state, but I can do it again briefly. 1) Have been antagonistic towards our current mayor from day since because it wasn't your candidate that won the election. 2) Didn't look like you were getting your way on the lake park, so you threatened recalls 3) Despite getting your way on the lake park, went forward with an attempted recall for revenge purposes and to try to turn back the last election. 4) Spread lies and falsehoods during the direct legislation and recall processes. 5) Ran running to the press with an exaggerated 20 person picket movement to try to gain sympathy. The fact that the press took up the cause shows where on the political spectrum you fall. 6) Claimed the 40 people that spoke out against the lake park at various council meetings represented "the will of the people of Muskego". 7) Despite only getting enough signatures for one recall (which now isn't necessary), you are trying to spin this as a victory for MEG. 8) Willingness to proceed with the recall even though Werner resigned. That is until you found out that the public sentiment was against it. 9) Are just plain WRONG!
Matt Johnson May 16, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Good job MEG! You have brought a good part of the city together. Your group is now more known than it was during the lark park issue and that is not for your own good. You are now seen in a very pro-Rebublican and pro-Walker community as a group that supports something many are against: recalls. That will be MEG's legacy.
thomas l. ralston May 16, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Hey Nate D., couple of points. First, it wasn't my petition. I participated, along with 35,000 others, because Walker deserves being recalled. As to what has gone on in this city, a recall wasn't deserved by the people who were targeted. Trying to improve this city by adding a park on the lake was a good move for the entire city. What it did though, was bring out the same old, power hungry gang who took a positive for Muskego and spun it into a "those people are going to take over our lake" lie. Ask M.E.G. who were the "those people" we were going to be overrun by? M.E.G. has cost this city alot and will in the future if people keep listening to them. Dont you remember them being against Kohls coming to town? Oh, they had a different name then, but more or less they are the same anti-everything, want nothings they have always been. Talk about cost, didn't you catch how Heidi Linhorst wanted to pay Dyer 15 million plus for Parkland? So Nate, making me some how responsible for the cost of recalling Walker is a bit of a stretch. This is the same old crap that has passed for political discourse for far too long. Me exercising an option to change one thing does not, nor should it ever, disqualify me or anyone else from taking a stance on another issue. So Nate, how about keeping it to one topic at a time? P.S. Suzi you running or what? Checkbook is at the ready.
Muskego Mike May 16, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I'd vote for Suzi. I just hope that big government Matt never runs for office....
Matt Johnson May 16, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Good one Mike. I support a lake park so therefore I must be a government loving liberal? I actually support business and people earning a living. I would like the current council to get off their Parkland Mall idea (I wonder who would benefit from having a park off Lannon) and create a business plan for the entire city and then work to get it done. Start being leaders and stop listening to the few residents who come to their meetings. It was intended that we elect people to lead not to be politicians. As for running for office...all I will say is the present is the future.
Nate D. May 16, 2012 at 07:41 PM
You brought up the cost...not me. I will ask about another thing you brought up...please explain to me (this is a genuine request) why does Walker deserve to be recalled? I have yet to hear a cogent answer to that one. Since you circulated a petition, I would really like to know what he did in your eyes that deserves recall (besides getting elected).
Suzi Link May 17, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Muskego Mike Thank you for your vote of confidence and support. For the record, however, I should point out that: 1. I do not live in Werner's Aldermanic District, so calls for me "to run" do not make (legal) sense. 2. Based on my physical disabilities, I do not believe that I could do justice to the citizens of Musekgo as a COMPENSATED Public Offical. Although, to the extent that I am physically able, I have devoted countless (or should I say multiple thousands of) hours as a volunteer in two different levels of local government as either an elected or appointed official in Muskego over the past two decades. For the record, I don't think that this makes me "special" or "entitled". I believe that we all have an obligation to participate in governance of our homes and/or businesses to the extent that we are able. Please continue your involvement in local government and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. We WILL NEVER get a better quality of government than we deserve.
The Anti-Alinsky May 17, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Mike, I would be interested in your explanation why you consider Matt "big government". There is a big difference between a governmental entity creating a lake park that EVERYONE could enjoy (not just the people that live around it), versus an entitlement type program that takes money from one group and gives it to another. Your explanation please.


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