It's Judge Sumi Vs. G O P: Battle For Power Continues In Wisconsin
WISCONSINREPORT.COM (03/30/2011) - Dane County Judge Maryanne Sumi is upset that elected Wisconsin Republicans have disobeyed what she intended in her original Act 10 (Anti-Collective Bargaining Law) restraint order, and said as much in her ruling Tuesday, March 29th. The GOP disagrees and have voiced their displeasure with, what they call, a leftist judge trying to act as the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government.
Tuesday, the Dane County Republican Party issued the following statement in response to Judge Sumi's follow-up ruling after GOP Governor Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature decided to go around the judge's original restraining order:
"For those people that don’t know, the state of Wisconsin has an executive branch, a legislative branch, and a judicial branch. The executive branch has the job of carrying out the laws and setting the agenda for his administration. The legislative branch has the job of passing laws. And the judicial branch has the job of interpreting and applying the laws and ensuring their constitutionality," the Dane County Republican Party statement read.
"By Judge Sumi’s action today, it is apparent that she has forgotten those roles and she thinks that her job is to be a member of all three branches," the statement went on.
"The Republican Party of Dane County believes it is time for the judicial branch to stop being judicial activists. If they want to legislate the laws, they need to run for political office not judicial office," the Friday Dane County Republican Party statement ended.
Today (Wednesday), the Dane County Republican Party released an additional statement:
"The Republican Party of Dane County sent out a press release on March 29th criticizing Judge Maryann Sumi for holding up the publication of Governor Scott Walker’s collective bargaining reform bill. Upon further reflection we’d like to apologize for not understanding her point of view," the Dane County GOP follow-up statement began.
"Sure, Governor Walker’s bill is unquestionably constitutional, increases worker’s rights and helps local government balance budgets without having to fire public workers," the Dane County GOP statement went on.
"The Wisconsin state legislature consulted with their non-partisan parliamentarian to make sure that the passage of the bill followed the rules of the Senate and Assembly. But this isn’t about the law, is it?," the local Republican Party statement asked.
"The Republican Party of Dane County recognizes that Judge Sumi is a leftist living in Dane County. Her friends are leftists living in Dane County. Her son is a left wing activist in Dane County. She goes to cocktail parties held by leftists in Dane County. She shops at organic gourmet food shops run by leftists living in Dane County," the Dane County Republican Party statement explained.
"If she were to enforce the law of Wisconsin and do what was in the best interest of the people of Wisconsin, she’d be exiled from her lifestyle. She’d lose her friends!", the Dane Party GOP statement suggested.
"The leadership of the Republican Party of Dane County have all made the choice to stand against the Dane County elite," the Dane County GOP statement says.
"We accept that Left feels righteous vandalizing our homes and keying our cars. It's only fair," the GOP statement continues.
"We disagree based upon logic and principle. That is intolerable!," the Dane County GOP statement exclaims.
"We prioritize the Constitution and the well being of the people of Wisconsin over foie gras at cocktail parties. That’s the choice we made," the Dane County Republican Party points out.
"We respect Judge Sumi’s decision to live her life with the rich diversity that liberals cherish," the Dane County GOP statement concludes.
Blake Gober, and Jeff Waksman are listed as Contacts at the head of the Dane County GOP statement.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin Senate Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says, "“It’s disappointing that a Dane County judge wants to keep interjecting herself into the legislative process with no regard to the state constitution."
"Her action today (Friday) again flies in the face of the separation of powers between the three branches of government," Senator Fitzgerald said.
“Despite this, we will continue to move forward in the legislature and do what the people elected us to do, put Wisconsin back to work. The Assembly will be back in session in early April and we will bring forward legislation to create jobs and reform state government,” Senator Fitzgerald said.
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