Dear Governor Walker,
Here it is, only three days after you survived the recall election and three days after you stood in front of your supporters and media and told all of Wisconsin that you wanted to put the past behind us and work with Democrats to create jobs and move Wisconsin forward. Your words sounded great and for those of us who voted for Mayor Barrett what you said was the kind of balm that can sometimes help ease the pain of a stinging loss in a hard-fought election.
You have said in other interviews that you have been humbled and that you have learned some lessons even as difficult as this last year has been. You said that you would have done things differently and that you would have brought others to the table and you would have been more inclusive. A politician who can admit that they were wrong and that they have learned lessons from their mistakes is a rare thing to see in our country. If it is not just idle words I applaud you for it.
You have also said that you want to meet with Democrats, perhaps have some brats and beers together, and begin the difficult task of trying to piece back together the ripped fabric of the state we all love so much. Again, unless this is empty rhetoric, I can appreciate your willingness to do this. I would suggest that you also open yourself to the citizens of the state and include more of us in your consideration as well. You have made only rare appearances at events where anyone could go and the person who runs a state like Wisconsin really should be more accessible to the people. You represent us and need to be able to hear our concerns.
All of these things you have said are good. But it is meaningless if the people around you don’t follow your example. Your supporters created signs that said, “Stand With Walker” to show support during the recall election period. These people need to stand with you now and follow the leader and put divisiveness, anger, and other negative feelings behind them. A true leader would not allow his followers to detract from his message of cooperation and reconciliation. This is why I was suprised and upset to see that your Communications Director, Ciara Matthews, tweeted a very harsh message to Democrats (and I presume independents and Republicans who did not support you in this election).
I would be surprised if you haven’t seen it yet, as it is definitely making the rounds. It read, “No leg. session until 2013 = symbolic state senate majority. Your one seat accomplishes zero. Just like your recall efforts.” This kind of gloating and disrespectful behavior from a key player in your administration is unacceptable and juvenile behavior that should not and cannot be tolerated. I might expect it from a neighbor who doesn’t like my politics, but not from one of your hired employees. I presume Ms. Matthews is an adult, but based on the tone of this tweet from someone whose job is communications I question her maturity and her qualifications for such a position.
As the Governor, as the man who is telling Wisconsin that you want us all to move on and work together, you need to talk to Ms. Matthews and she needs to make a public apology. As the chief executive of this state you should also release a statement acknowledging that this kind of behavior is unacceptable to you and that you truly do want to move past this kind of behavior and will not tolerate it. If you do not, all the rest of what you have said this week will be seen as empty and meaningless words.
Thank you for your consideration.