Werner Recall Will Move Forward, Others Will be Suspended Says Citizens Group

Hoping to be able to choose their own alderman through an election, Muskego For Ethical Government says it has the signatures needed to recall Keith Werner, who is stepping down on June 2.

Muskego Patch received this release from Muskego for Ethical Government, which has mounted a recall effort against Alderman Keith Werner, Alderman Neome Schaumberg and Kathy Chiaverotti. Below is the complete text of the release:

As Treasurer of Muskego for Ethical Government (MEG), I would like to announce that we have already assembled the necessary signatures to recall Ald. Keith Werner, and those signatures will be filed with the Clerk of the City of Muskego shortly.  

Further, in an effort to balance the needs of those frustrated over not being heard with the needs of those tired of recalls, MEG will suspend its efforts to recall Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti and Ald. Neome Schaumberg.  It is the sincere hope of Muskego for Ethical Government that these two officials have now received enough feedback from our citizens to eliminate the need to resume these recalls.

Since MEG’s inception, our goal has been to regain a voice for the citizens of Muskego.  In January a petition was filed containing over 3400 signatures demanding a vote on an issue facing the city.  That petition was ignored on a technicality by a Mayor and bloc of Aldermen representing their own agendas over the needs of the citizens.  And while there have been significant changes to our City government since the creation of MEG in January, our goal has not changed.  We set out with the purpose of giving the citizens of Muskego a voice, and a recall election is the democratically appropriate tool by which we exercise control over an elected official abusing their authority.

We realize that Ald. Werner has announced he intends to resign as of June 2nd, 2012 – more than a week past the deadline for filing the recall petition signatures.  We also understand that if we neglect our obligation to file the recall petition signatures that the Common Council, which has recently undergone a shift in power, would be called upon to appoint a replacement for Mr. Werner.  However, to abuse this favorable shift would be as unethical as the actions of the Alderman we worked so hard to recall.

It is time for the citizens of Muskego Dist. 4, who bravely stepped forward to recall this Alderman, to choose their new representative by voting.

It is time for the citizens of District 4 to be heard.

Debra Bolton
Treasurer, Muskego for Ethical Government

Jill Blensky with the Muskego Clerk's Office confirmed that Werner's resignation would not negate a recall election. When that election would take place is currently undetermined.

Deanna Kuhn Knasinski May 14, 2012 at 04:44 PM
They can't get enough signatures to recall the other two!!! Thank god they got smart, we are sick of recalls.
Muskegotom May 14, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Obviously everyone is sick of the recall since they couldn't get enough signatures. Hopefully, this is the last that we'll ever hear from MEG.
Muskego Held Hostage May 14, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Follow the rules and your petition might not have been ignored. Now that you've done all the damage you want out. I don't call trashing upright and upstanding citizens of our community "representing the voice of the people" either. Bravery has nothing to do with signing a petition unless you remember all the signatures are public. (Remember IVerify) It's likely that any person that would consent to even run for alderman, will have to be a puppet for MEG, e.g. The Lake People. So much for the voice of "all" the people, we don't all live on the lake you know. I can only hope echoing the above comment, that we will soon hear the last of "Meg". (Too bad, I used to like that name)
Denise Konkol (Editor) May 14, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Looking beyond the verification of signatures, we will be interested to see who is interested in running for the 4th District seat. If there are more than 2, a primary will be required.
Simple Bacon May 14, 2012 at 07:58 PM
If MEG can't come up with the signatures in the two recalls they should just say that. That's the ethical thing to do. To say that they are dropping those two in the name of "balance" but continuing on against the one alderman that's resigning seems disingenuous. If they were interested in democracy they would simply vote them out of office. Now, this recall looks more like a personal vendetta and no better than the government they seek to change. I'm curious...if Werner has resigned by the time of the recall election he is technically not being recalled and will simply go out as having resigned. So he has resigned and then we have a summertime election to fill a vacant seat (at taxpayer expense). Then that person runs for re-election in less then a year. Geez...that's the "democratically appropriate tool"?
Simple Bacon May 14, 2012 at 08:09 PM
MEG does not represent "the Lake People". Many of it's members do not live on the lake and MEG does not speak for those that do.
Simple Bacon May 14, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Screwy way to run for office... an abbreviated race, over the summer, only to have to run again in less than a year. Not to mention that the Council is down one alderman during that time. That means that while we go through this "election" District 4 will not have representation on the Council. If someone is thinking of running they better get their signs together and start knocking on doors....
DK May 14, 2012 at 09:29 PM
MEG went a step too far in trying to punish the mayor and two aldermen by attempting to recall them. MEG lost the public support they thought they had gained with their lake petition. That "support" was tentative at best as more people realized that MEG members had lied to get residents to sign the lake park petition. i believe MEG leaders are primarily lake residents and it would take names and addresses of MEG members to convince me otherwise.
Denise Konkol (Editor) May 14, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Technically, correct - although because his resignation isn't official until after the signatures are submitted (or were due), it's still a recall election. Ain't politics nutty? Don't know how it 'scores' officially.
Stand Up 4 Muskego May 14, 2012 at 10:36 PM
MEG was formed on a narrow-minded pursuit of stopping the city from purchasing property for a public park on "their" lake. Their recall efforts against two aldermen and the mayor were very much for political revenge. MEG does not truly represent the City of Muskego or its residents. The only recall effort MEG was successful with was the one against Alderman Werner. In fact, much of Ald. Werner's district is around Little Muskego Lake and much of MEG's support and membership are from the lake area. MEG’s relentless pursuit of these recalls, we believe, is motivated by revenge. A case in point is their continuation of the recall against Ald. Werner even though he has resigned. If MEG wants the democratic process followed, then why continue with the recall? The voters can have their say in next April's regularly scheduled election. Otherwise, there will be two elections within the next year. Not only is that the very definition of wasteful government spending, it will only continue to divide the community. STAND UP MUSKEGO www.standupmuskego.com
Simple Bacon May 14, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Why would Werner wait until after the signatures are turned in? I know that's the date he set but he must have known that the signatures would need to be turned in prior to June. Was he gaming with MEG? If he tenders his resignation before they turn in the petitions then he hasn't been recalled. Would that negate the recall election? Muskego politics shouldn't have this much intrigue.
Kammy May 14, 2012 at 11:59 PM
READ, REALLY READ this quote from MEG--"It is time for the citizens of Muskego Dist. 4, who bravely stepped forward to recall this Alderman, to choose their new representative by voting." Does that mean that those of us who didn't sign aren't choosing an alderman to represent them? And, does it mean Keith Werner wasn't elected the first time? These MEG folks sure seem like they are power hungry.
The Anti-Alinsky May 15, 2012 at 02:23 AM
"It is time for the citizens of Muskego Dist. 4, who bravely stepped forward to recall this Alderman, to choose their new representative by voting. It is time for the citizens of District 4 to be heard. Debra Bolton" Isn't that what the spring election is for every other year?
Muskego Mike May 15, 2012 at 03:24 AM
3,400 people live on Little Muskego lake? Interesting...
The Anti-Alinsky May 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Mike, that's not what DK said. The core group of MEG is based around the Little Muskego Lake area. DK is merely pointing out that means MEG used to get those 3400 signatures.


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