Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:08 PM
Subject: Response to Committee Assignments
Senate Democratic Colleagues,
I thought many of you would want to see the attached document, which lists Sen. Millerís committee chairmanship assignments and other key appointments by senator.
Sen. Millerís decisions are an insult to me and the people of the 15th Senate District. I came back to Madison to do what I could to help the Rock County area recover and make a difference on issues where I have some knowledge based on my background, which includes 20 years in the private health care industry, experience on the Janesville School Board, and service as the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services.
Sen. Miller has made clear that he does not value or need my presence in Senate Committee leadership and, quite obviously, in the Senate Democratic Caucus.
He has made his decision, and now I will make mine. As of the sending of this email, I am no longer a member of the Senate Democratic Caucus. I will decide over the next few days or weeks whether to become an Independent. I will not become a Republican.
This entire episode makes clear to me that Sen. Miller has no time for my independent ideas and my support of bipartisan solutions to the stateís problems.
Sen. Miller made me a minimal, unacceptable offer on the phone. We then agreed, at his suggestion, to meet in person to try to resolve this matter. However, he then went ahead and announced his committee assignments before we met.
During a phone conversation following Sen. Millerís announcement of committee appointments, I offered several alternative ideas that differed from my original committee requests, but he made it clear that he would not entertain any appointments on my behalf.
I look forward to working with each member of the state senate to address the issues facing Wisconsin.
It did not have to come to this, and for that I am sorry.