Voters of Wisconsin want leadership not more gimmicks
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
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(Racine, WI) – This morning Secretary of State candidate Bill Folk stated that he was not surprised with the Schroeder campaign announcement today that Schroeder would return a portion of the salary, "lets be honest here, Jay [Schroeder] is a politician with more gimmicks than substance. He offers the people of Wisconsin nothing by electing him Secretary of State," said Folk.
The Schroeder campaign is running on the elimination of the office, a duty that is in the hands of the legislature and the voters of Wisconsin not in the hands of the Secretary of State. He continues to state that we can reduce the budget by $1 million by eliminating the office but fails to take into account that the duties and costs will only be shifted to other areas of the government with no savings to the taxpayers and no recourse for the voters.
Ronald Reagan once said, “No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!” Bill Folk wants to return vital responsibilities back to the elected office of Secretary of State by removing them from those unelected, unaccountable "government bureaus" established by the legislature.
Democrats stripped the Secretary of State of election responsibilities in the 1970's due to the fact that Republicans controlled the office for nearly 30 years, Republicans did the same to Democrat Secretary of State Doug La Follette in the 1990's and again in 2011 and 2013. "It is time to get past political expediency and return to a state of normalcy. In order to regain the proper balance we need to stop playing the gimmick angle and defeat Doug La Follette," said Folk.
"I believe I am the right person to regain that balance," said Bill Folk. "As a conservative I believe that power is best held by the people and those that they elect, not a group of unelected and unaccountable boards. I would like to see the Secretary of State give the taxpayers a better return for their money rather than an elected official who just collects a salary waiting either for retirement or elimination of the office. As Secretary of State I will ensure that real conversations happen between the legislative, executive and this office. I'm not offering the voters any gimmicks I'm offering them a better way."