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.

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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