Opposing Groups Face Off Along Janesville Road

Depending on which side you were on regarding recalls, you had an opportunity to honk your horn and wave, or honk your horn and sign to recall the mayor and possibly an alderman.

With the political season was truly in full swing on Saturday, and you didn't have to drive far to come face to face with government issues, on either side of the road (literally).

A planned was held near the Tess Corners Fire Department on Janesville Road in downtown Muskego by the citizens political action committee (PAC) called Muskego for Ethical Government (MEG). The group was there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow residents to sign a recall petition against Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti, and (if you lived in their districts) 4th District Alderman Keith Werner and 6th District Alderman Neome Schaumberg.

Spokesperson Lorie Oliver said they were pleased at the response so far and nearing the end of the day on Saturday, she felt they were "getting very close on the signatures needed for Alderman Werner." She said the response from Schaumberg's district, which lies on the southern end of Muskego, was lighter.

The group will need to gather about 350 signatures in the 4th District, and 430 in the 6th District. Chiaverotti's recall will require about 3,000 signatures to trigger a recall election.

About three blocks east, a handful of residents held their own signs stating "Recalls Cost Money." Marguerite Ingold, one of the protestors against the recall, said, "We are getting more "thumbs up" than you can imagine.  It's been very rewarding out here. We are not quite as organized as the other side  and unfortunately many people who agree with us are afraid to 'come out.'"

"'No more recalls' is the best slogan ever, and I think the other side is being hurt because we are not taking it lying down like last time," she said.

Oliver said she respected the right of the counter protestors, but did take issue with Stand Up Muskego, an opposing PAC, who called police to report that cars were being parked illegally in order to sign the petition.

No warnings or citations were issued, as police told members of the opposing group, led by spokesperson Rob Lucas, that MEG was not doing anything illegal.

"I don't know why it has to be this way," Oliver said. "Why can't we agree to disagree? I hope this can stay civil, because everyone has a right to their opinion."

MEG will be available on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well to collect signatures. If that's not your stance, it's likely their opponents will also be on hand to gather your support.

JS April 01, 2012 at 10:47 PM
What was funny is how Rob Lucas was himself parked illegally on Janesville Rd in the fire lane while he was busy harassing the people he disagreed with
The Anti-Alinsky April 01, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Rumor has it that the recall group is going to run Dominic D'Aquisto for Schaumberg's seat, Suzi Link for Werner's seat and they are going to bring back Damaske for mayor.
Denise Konkol (Editor) April 01, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I hate rumors....although it's April Fool's Day.
Bryan K. April 02, 2012 at 12:14 AM
You must be joking. Didn't Damaske move to Watertown?
Denise Konkol (Editor) April 02, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Yes...I think he runs a bed and breakfast there??
Deanna Kuhn Knasinski April 02, 2012 at 04:37 AM
I'm sick of recalls just because people don't get their way. Not signing a thing.
Jay April 02, 2012 at 06:13 AM
This is crazy I didnt move here for this kind of stuff, and the people organizing the recall got their way anyhow. So to me this seems a pointless waste of time, energy, and money.
Muskego Business Owner April 02, 2012 at 01:24 PM
ALL of you should receive citations, fines and be ordered to MANY, MANY, MANY hours of community service so all of your free time would be spent doing something productive instead of turning to soap box politics in the center of the city. What I find especially embarrassing is that you had to choose to engage in such NONSENSE on the day that a presidential hopeful was visiting our small community. Again, utterly ridiculous and embarrassing to the city.
Kammy April 02, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Another thought to consider--Is it likely that those who sign the mayoral and aldermanic recall petitions will have their names go online, much like the Walker recalls? Look at the can of worms that opened for many.
Simple Bacon April 02, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Funny picture Anti. I guess some in our community do look to government as santa with a big bag of goodies. Now, after a nice long weekend I must get caught up....
Suzi Link April 02, 2012 at 04:06 PM
And this was certainly a foolish comment.
Suzi Link April 02, 2012 at 04:28 PM
To Muskego Business Owner: I am wholeheartely a supporter of democracy and consider recalls a very last resort. Just for the record, I also disagreed with the only previous recall in Muskego. You should remember that one, since John Johnson, Kathy Chiaverotti, Gerald Bosits, etc. did that recall against then Mayor Damaske. The problem is that we have some elected officials who are not clear on the concept of representative government. When our elected officials insist on ignoring constituent wishes, they must be removed before they cause permenant and irreparable harm to the citizens of Muskego. I, for one, have exhausted every other avenue available to a citizen in Wisconsin to get the attention of the elected officials of our City. I HATE recalls or jokes about our City, but believe that Musekgo residents have been left with no other options.
Muskego Business Owner April 02, 2012 at 04:51 PM
ANTI...that Santa sign burst me into laughter. Thanks for posting!! It reminded me of the little girl crying signs (against the recall on Walker) where she says something to the effect, "What you mean I have to pay for my own insurance????"
Denise Konkol (Editor) April 02, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Ah, Jay....I've heard others say this too. But there is no politics like small town politics. I think it's because people get to 'know' (I use that term loosely) people better and form opinions - strong ones - that last a long time. Familiarity breeds contempt, and when I talk to people, history that dates back decades is often brought up.
Robert M. Lucas April 02, 2012 at 08:39 PM
CLARIFICATION: Police were called when anti-recall protesters were asked to move off the public sidewalk so cars could be flagged by a recall organizer to enter at the Fire Department entry/exit to the east of the department and ILLEGALLY drive across the grass and sidewalk to enter the Spitzner property where the recall signatures were being collected. The recall protesters refused to move and the police were called. Police did respond and the officer requested that a sign be moved so as to block the entry of vehicles across the sidewalk and stop the practice. This had nothing to do with illegal parking as Ms. Oliver stated above and at no point did the officer inform or iterate to us in any way that MEG was not doing anything illegal. Legal or not what they were doing was wrong and the officer corrected the situation. As for the claim of harassment, there was none. What was being said by me was, "If you wish to exercise your right to recall VOTE APRIL 3rd it is already paid for." If the truth is harassment then so be it and get used to it. As for the illegal parking of cars there was none. All parking signs and regulations were observed and verified by me when police responded for the cars illegally driving on the sidewalk.
The Warrior April 02, 2012 at 09:21 PM
OMG! Please stop it. You have pulled every dirty trick out there. But you play the victim card so well now. The recalls of Damaske and Chiaverotti are so completely different. There's a story the Patch should look into.
Matt Johnson April 02, 2012 at 10:27 PM
We had a lot of positive response Saturday. Many thumbs up and honks as cars passed by us. This is a Republican town and recalls will not go over well, especially with the Walker recall going on. We had people stop by us who did not vote for the mayor and some who did not support the lake park project, who all agreed the recall was "utter nonsense." If anyone was illegally parked, the squads patrolling the area would have said something.
Yada yada yada... April 03, 2012 at 12:04 AM
'so be it and get used to it'... wow. I thought you were a marketing person. You come off as a 'short-fuse buffoon'...
Simple Bacon April 03, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Would be interested to know what is different about the current recall attempt from the previous recall to oust a sitting Mayor? Do the folks that supported that recall see different circumstances with the recall then or have they simply changed their minds about recalls in general?
Muskego Politics Make Me Bitter April 03, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Well, as I remember it, the last Mayor to get recalled got into physical altercations with people and used his authority to launch a vendetta with anyone and everyone who ever disagreed with him. I would call that different circumstances...
The Anti-Alinsky April 03, 2012 at 01:50 PM
To Bacon and anyone else trying to equate this recall to Charles Damaske's recall: Have you heard of the saying "two rights don't make a wrong"? If you feel Damaske was wronged in the recall, does that mean you should run around recalling everyone you don't like? Although there are no limitations to a recall, they need to be limited or elected officials will be afraid to do anything. If citizen's were compelled to place their individual input on everything, nothing would get accomplished. If the city were compelled to hold a referendum on the Durham Drive project, only the small amount of citizen's it directly affected would support it. There are times when recalls are the right answer. All 14 Decomcratic State Senators that fled to Illinois should be recalled for shirking their elected duties. Another great example of the use of recalls was the recent one for Bob Ryan in Sheboygan. His behavior was out of line for years and en embarrassment to the city.
Muskego Politics Make Me Bitter April 03, 2012 at 08:58 PM
MEG should be recalled. They call themselves Muskego for Ethical Government, but their poster boys (and girls) are people like Soltysiak, Damaske, D'Aquisto, and Link. Oh yeah, and don't forget about Hudock, who attempted to resolve his long-standing refusal to pay his property taxes only after he was called out on it in the media. So let's see...we have bullies, thieves, and tax cheats here. Yeah, real ethical.
The Warrior April 03, 2012 at 09:14 PM
thanks for identifying yourself Yada...
The Anti-Alinsky April 05, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Should be MEGNOG Muskego for Ethical Government and No Opportunities for Growth
Suzi Link April 05, 2012 at 03:15 AM
To "Muskego Politics Make Me Bitter" You specifically named me, then categorize the named group as: "we have bullies, thieves, and tax cheats here. Yeah, real ethical." 1.) which category are you placing me in? 2.) what is your basis for this particular slander? 3.) what is your actual name, so I know who to sue for this unsubstatiated accusation? The alternative is that you could publicly identify yourself and apoligize for your immature and baseless namecalling. GROW UP P.S. There are ways of identifying you if you remain too gutless to identify yourself an you continue to remain an annoyance,
Mike Hunt April 16, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Muskego Held Hostage April 19, 2012 at 08:05 PM
This sure shut everyone up. Be careful who you "hang" with. It's been said before and here it is again. Deep down, Muskego is still a small town and it has a long memory. What you do and who you ally with will stick around a long, long time.


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