WISCONSINREPORT.COM (12/08/2010) - Our editor, Gary Morgan, accidentally came across something written on the internet about Assembly Representative Marlin Schneider, who lost to Scott Krug in the November election. Marlin, who represents Central Wisconsin, was called Nutty As A Fruitcake by someone who commented on the article published at WaxingAmerica.com. Our editor couldn't leave that internet website page without adding his own comments. We share some of those Gary Morgan comments, reproduced here as part of his Garylook column at WisconsinReport.com.
Some people just don't have an inkling of just how well represented they are when they have a Democrat like Marlin Schneider in the Central Wisconsin Assembly seat. I covered his constant quests for the truth, fairness, privacy rights, education, and a host of other issues, for a decade for the Wisconsin Rapids radio station. I know what a great Representative he has been and what a loss his defeat means.
To call Marlin, "Nutty As A Fruitcake", as someone stated in response to an internet article titled "Wisconsin Will Miss Marlin Schneider", is a nutty statement itself. The comment from the writer shows he/she either doesn't really know who Marlin is in his soul and what Marlin is all about, or the writer thinks of himself as someone who is better off represented by anyone who is a Republican, rather than by the best thing that ever happened to the Wisconsin Assembly, and Central Wisconsin.
Marlin lost to Republican Scott Krug in this year's election, yes, but, many of his loyal constituents know what a loss this will be for everyone in the Wisconsin Rapids area. It is unfortunate for all of the people who live in Wood County, and the portions of Adams County, Portage and Waushara County that are in his territory.
Marlin represented not only Wisconsin Rapids, where he used to teach before he was elected to the Assembly in 1970, but, he was always looking out, legislatively, for everyone, throughout the state. Some people called him "Snarlin' Marlin", but, he was more than a cartoon figure lashing out at some of the attitudes of Republicans, and others, who at times in history have seemed to be less in favor of representing all of the people, not just some of the people who voted for them, or supported them monetarily in their campaigns.
It is true that it will take a long time for Central Wisconsin and the rest of the state to see someone good enough to take Marlin Schneider's place in the State Assembly. I can only hope that Republican Scott Krug can find it in his heart to be the kind of Representative all of the residents of the 72nd Assembly District deserve.
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