One of the State Republican Party’s eight regional caucuses passed a resolution asserting Wisconsin’s right to split from the other 49 states, joining a chorus of their GOP colleagues with hurt feee fees after Obama handily won the election.
According to JSOnline, the key section from the resolution adopted by the GOP caucus for the state’s 6th Congressional District reads, “Be it further resolved that we strongly insist our state representatives work to uphold Wisconsin’s 10th Amendment rights, and our right to secede, passing legislation affirming this to the U.S. Federal Government.”
That district is represented by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri and covers 11 counties stretching from Watertown to Neenah.
Dan Feyen, chairman of the Republican Party’s 6th Congressional District sent out a memo to all Republican lawmakers making clear that he did not support the resolution or another one which was critical of two GOP lawmakers. He noted that the proposals were adopted after many people had gone home.
He said, “I did not agree with many of the resolutions passed as they do not deal with the true opponent that we face in our upcoming election cycle.”
On Saturday, the state Republican Party’s resolutions committee will take up this proposal and many others adopted by the party’s eight congressional district caucuses. Typically, the GOP committee reduces the number of resolutions to 10 or 15 proposals that are put up for a final vote at the party’s state convention in Milwaukee on May 2-4.
Top party officials are expected to do what they can to kill the secession amendment at Saturday’s meeting.
Joe Fadness, executive director of the state GOP, issued a statement making clear that the resolution is not party policy.
A Republican lawmaker, who asked not to be identified, was not enthusiastic about the idea and said, “It makes us sound like Texas.” Still, the resolution passed so if it walks like a duck, it’s usually a duck.
Feyen also said he didn’t want this dragged into “the public arena” so of course his communication is linked here.
If Wisconsin secedes does that mean they’ll have to keep Governor Scott Walker inside the state?
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