On Wednesday, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced the backlog at the state’s DNA crime labs has been successfully addressed. In announcing the successful elimination of the backlog, Van Hollen noted the bi-partisan efforts of the State Legislature to increase funding and add vital staffing positions to the Department of Justice, efforts that State Rep. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) tried to derail. As noted in a press release issued by Kory Kozlowski of the State Senate Democratic Committee Rep. Vukmir was one of only 14 members of the State Assembly to vote AGAINST funding the new positions. Had Rep. Vukmir’s efforts been successful, Van Hollen notes, the backlog today would be “as great as three times what it was.” What’s puzzling about Rep. Vukmir’s vote against filling the positions that helped eliminate the state’s DNA backlog is the fact that filling those positions had no negative impact on taxpayers, so it’s hard to understand exactly why she chose to vote against filling the positions
“It’s no wonder that Milwaukee Magazine recently named Rep. Vukmir one of the Worst Legislators in the State,” concluded Kozloski. “How she thinks she deserves a promotion from the voters of the 5th Senate District after her cavalier attitude towards the safety of their children and families is beyond me.”
I’d love to hear Rep. Vukmir explain her vote against filling these positions to the constituents she aspires to represent in the State Senate.