If I were a Republican ideologue who publicly railed against government, I probably would not accept a job working for the government. But that’s just me. Clearly, others feel differently. Like Cathy Stepp, the Walker-appointed Wisconsin DNR Secretary who supported wolf-hunting with dogs and helped let Herr Environmental off the hook for contaminating drinking water with human waste. Stepp and other Wisconsinites are in Tampa this week making the case for government worker Paul Ryan’s anti-government stance.
From Brookfield Patch:
Among those from southeastern Wisconsin who are heading to Florida are Cathy Stepp, Dona Poelman, Yash Wadhwa and Brian Dorow — Republicans who say they believe in the fundamental values of individual freedom, less spending and less government.
They also believe in Ryan’s ability to make the case for a conservative movement to take root on a national level and they want to see Romney and Ryan in the White House.
Cathy Stepp and Paul Ryan go way back, and she thinks he’s awesome:
Stepp has known Ryan for a long time. She believes he has a strong understanding of the economic issues the country is facing, and he communicates his ideas well.
“He boils down very complex solutions into messages people can relate to,” she said.
Several of those who are trekking to Florida said these messages have resonated well in Wisconsin and they have a place on the federal level.
It’s a messaging system which, in my opinion, takes complex issues, pulverizes them into unrecognizable mush and spoon feeds them to the public via right-wing talk radio.
But it hasn’t been easy for the Wisconsin GOP, according to Stepp:
“Wisconsin is fundamentally more of a purple state, but the conservatives here have had to work hard to layout our case,” said Stepp, a former state senator for Racine and Kenosha counties, and now secretary of the state Department of Natural Resources.
“We’ve gotten better at communicating our messages, we’ve gotten better at simplifying our points and our people are willing to take the lead under immense political pressure,” she said. “When you do that, it emboldens people to do the same.”
Yes, empowered by their recent success working in Wisconsin government, these brave souls have apparently become even more emboldened to speak out against government.
And it’s not just government employees. Dona Poelman, Racine County delegate, will also have her say in Tampa this week:
Poelman believes this election is a watershed moment for the country, a choice between euro-socialism and going back to the values of the Constitution.
It appears that Poelman and I define “socialism” differently and interpret the Constitution in radically different ways, because this makes no sense to me.
Maybe we’ll get some clarification as Wisconsin Republicans take center stage this week at the convention.
And hopefully these Wisconsin Republicans will make lots of new contacts so that they won’t have to work in government and can find jobs in the private sector.
A girl can dream.