In just a few days, Milwaukee’s south side will have a small but important election on September 9 that will decide who is our representative in the Wisconsin state assembly. Because there are only three candidates in that race, and all of them are running as Democrats, that means whoever wins the primary election will also win the seat.
Rep. Christine Sinicki has been our representative for the past ten years, and she deserves to keep the seat. I generally agree with the Journal Sentinel on why she should stay there:
“We believe 10-year incumbent Christine Sinicki, 48, has earned another term in office in this southeast Milwaukee County district, based on her service to constituents and her work on several key issues, such as equal pay for women and minorities, the Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee commuter rail proposal and education.”
Unlike JS, I do agree with her on so-called “school choice.” Sinicki has been working to raise accountability for these sometimes fly-by-night schools. If our tax dollars are going to pay for something, we should be able to have a hold on what they do and how they run themselves. Receiving assistance from the state inherently means that your enterprise is not solely private, despite attempts to cast it as such.
Her opponents, who seem to be Republicans in Democratic clothing, have not made a sufficient argument as to why Rep. Sinicki should be replaced, and more importantly, how they would do a better job. Attempts to tar her as anti-Catholic are laughable at best; if Sinicki is anti-Catholic, how do you explain this picture of her chatting with a member of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee? Second, billing her as a “tax-and-spend liberal” carries little weight when Republican state and federal administrations who have racked up record debt and fiscal insolvency. Attacking her based on past finacial problems is not sufficient means to unseat her, especially when one of her opponents may be in the race because of his own such problems.
Rep. Sinicki knows we need to make sigificant investments in our infrastructure — not just new highways, but in rail and other means of access. She has been very accessible to her consituents, and has done a good job of representing us. On September 9, let’s give her another term in the state legislature. She deserves it.