The following is a statement made on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 by Common Cause in Wisconsin Board Member Roger Utnehmer at a press conference in Green Bay on recently-introduced legislation to end partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin:
Common Cause is a citizens lobby that advocates for clean open government and campaign and redistricting reform.
Being a broadcaster for 38 years has made me a fiscally-conservative capitalist and a socially-liberal progressive.
I’ve voted for Republicans and Democrats.
I crammed four years of college into seven working for a Republican state senator and ran for the assembly in 1974 as a Republican.
My background makes me like a lot of people in Wisconsin, the political middle-ground, people who can support Republicans on fiscal issues and Democrats on social issues.
People like me make the case that redistricting reform, preservation of the Government Accountability Board and over-turning Citizens United are bi-partisan issues.
The message I have today is simply this; the most patriotic civic engagement people can make today is to become involved with Common Cause and support redistricting reform.