Wisconsin State Senator Pam Galloway, having found herself squarely in the sights of a bitter and hard fought recall campaign, has become the first rat to jump ship rather than face the music. In a variation on the old “resign to spend more time with my family” routine used almost invariably by every political cockroach unable to escape the light of public scrutiny, Senator Galloway said today:
Today I am announcing my retirement from the Wisconsin State Senate. After a great deal of thought and consideration, I’ve decided to put the needs of my family first. My family has experienced multiple, sudden and serious health issues, which require my full attention. Unfortunately this situation is not compatible with fulfilling my obligations as State Senator or running for re-election at this time.
I thank my colleagues for all their support, and I wish them all the best in their work to rebuild this state. For the sake of the electorate, I hope that better days are ahead for this institution.
I wish Ms. Galloway the best in regard to any health issues being faced by any members of her family but I’m just not buying it as her sole reason for quitting and would bet my best saddle that had she not been the subject of the recall and or had recall supporters been unable to garner the required number of signatures to put the lady’s job on the line, the thought of bailing would never have entered her mind, especially given some of the collateral damage that will be inflicted on her party which… as in the case of every radical conservative… has always come before anything else. And let’s face it folks, nobody takes themselves off the more than generous Koch funded payroll unless there’s something huge about to come out.
Wisconsin state Sen. Pam Galloway (R) is resigning from the chamber today, citing a family health situation. Galloway was one of the targeted incumbents in upcoming recall elections.
This also means that as of now, the Republicans have officially lost their Senate majority, leaving the chamber split 16-16. The recall elections to come will determine who takes the majority.
The recall for her seat, however, is still going ahead as scheduled, though Republicans will have to find a new candidate in what is now the special election for an open seat. The recall rules do provide, however, that her name will not be on the ballot if she resigns this soon.
State Senator Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R), who is also facing a recall, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he was confident Galloway would have won her election.
Uh huh. That’s why all those people signed those petitions to require Ms. Galloway AND Mr. Fitzgerald to hump themselves into the court of public opinion and explain to the Wisconsin taxpayers just why they have done the things they’ve done… both the ones we know about and the ones we don’t.
As far as I’m concerned, whether shes just trying to scurry out of the spotlight or not, what she’s doing by resigning is a lot more beneficial to the good folks of Wisconsin that electing to brazen it out and try to force themselves down the throats of the people again like Mr. Fitzgerald appears more than ready to do
I seriously doubt that Ms. Galloway will be missed by anyone other than possibly Mr. Fitzgerald and the rest of their democracy destruction crew who will do so if for no other reason than they’ve lost their ability to arbitrarily inflict stupid crap on the people of their state and especially those who oppose them. In the meantime, congratulations Wisconsin, that’s one down. Don’t let up on the rest of them.