Cindy moved to Brookfield in 1994 with her husband and three children in tow. It's been a very interesting seventeen years.
I've just been reading this bit on redistricting from the MJS. It shows how Leah Vukmir (R) will be my new State Senator instead of Rich Zipperer (R).
In fair disclosure, I like Zipperer. His office has been somewhat responsive in the past. I'm not wild about Vukmir - it's more who she is, though, than her work. She votes the Republican agenda like clockwork. That said, I'm not over the moon about the change, but I'll survive.
What dawned on me is that this shift would have never taken place had Ted Kanavas been the State Senator instead of Zipperer. Kanavas lives in Brookfield, which will be entirely represented by Vukmir. Zipperer is, I think, in Pewaukee. And that's when I wondered out loud if the anticipated shift is the reason Kanavas didn't run.
You know me, I'm not convinced we have a Republican crowd with all the oars in the water all the time, but I suppose there's a chance someone saw this opportunity coming and gently encouraged Kanavas to move on. Everyone (and I mean even his neighbor's dog) knows he'd rather be in Washington. Although there's been talk of him making a state-wide run for the Senate seat Herb Kohl (D) holds, I've always thought he was waiting for James Sensenbrenner (R) to retire. Wasn't Kanavas a former Sensenbrenner staffer?
I'm not a huge Kanavas fan, either, but that's not news. In his case, it's opposite the Vukmir issue. I like Ted (well, I like his wife and family) and get annoyed at his constant political posturing that often doesn't make logical sense. I haven't missed that over the last few months.
In any event, read the MJS article. Although they make it sound dastardly that the competitive seats are being redesigned for a firm Republican win, one must also remember they are creating firm Democratic strongholds as well. Instead of lambasting the newly arranged districts, maybe we should rejoice in how those districts will serve to calm the legislature down.
Oh, don't get me wrong. I'm tickled the new lines will serve to buffer Wisconsin's red-state status. Absolutely tickled. (I don't want to have to move to Oklahoma again. Do you know it was 110 degrees last Saturday?)
*cross posted at Fairly Conservative