Representative Janel Brandtjen (R – Menomonee Falls) represents Wisconsin’s 22nd Assembly district which includes portions of Washington, Waukesha and Milwaukee counties…including a portion of the City of Milwaukee. Despite that it seems she only became aware of urban crime earlier this month when a police chase ended in Washington County and resulted in a lock down of the area while police officers searched for the miscreants. So she only became incensed because her constituents were at risk and the sanctity of their Washington county communities were violated.
Brandtjen issued a news release Tuesday complaining about how residents in her district spent last Thursday morning in fear for their lives as police searched for five teens who had carjacked a woman’s Honda Civic at gunpoint in Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon.
Police spotted the teens shortly after midnight on Thursday morning and chased them into Washington County. The teens abandoned the car after it got a flat tire and fled on foot. Officers spent hours searching for them in the dark before finally capturing them without incident, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report.
Brandtjen said in her release that homeowners were held hostage in their own homes and “families were forced to unlock their gun cabinets and instruct their loved ones to shoot to kill. The violence and crime that has plagued Milwaukee for decades has now begun to spill over into Milwaukee’s suburbs. I lay the responsibility for this growing and out of control problem at the door of the Mayor’s office.”
No apparent concern for the victim of the initial car jacking but I digress.
What action does she want to take to prevent a reoccurrence? This is totally rich:
A suburban Republican lawmaker ripped into Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Tuesday and said she would push for funding cuts to the city unless steps are taken to slash Milwaukee’s crime rate.
Buzzzzt: WRONG ANSWER!
Better answer would have been: Mayor Barrett is facing some serious issues in the City of Milwaukee and when I get back to Madison I will introduce legislation that will proved Milwaukee with the resources it needs.
Despite being caught up in the urban macro-environment that is seeing increases in street crime, how did Milwaukee get into the fix?
In response, Barrett’s office issued a chart showing state aid to Milwaukee has dropped over the past decade, even as the police budget has climbed.
And who is one of the representatives in Madison who votes on state aid to Milwaukee? Rep. Brandtjen…who represents portions of Milwaukee.
Beyond the obscene and ridiculous response to crime…Rep. Brandtjen is an elected official who we send to Madison to provide leadership…and solutions to the problems we experience in Wisconsin. This isn’t leadership…just another ideologue throwing a tantrum.
Vote her out!