Civil Discourse: An Occasional Attempt to Restore Civility to Our Civic Discourse--WMC Evers attack ad disgraceful distortion of the truth

By Roger Utnehmer

The Wisconsin Association of Manufacturers and Commerce is running an ad attacking gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers that is a disgraceful distortion of the truth.

WMC should be ashamed of lowering the political discourse in Wisconsin to a low level.

The WMC-paid ad claims Evers spent money on pay raises for his staff rather than raises for teachers, saying in the commercial, "That's almost 400 grand that went to bureaucrats instead of teachers."

The fact is that when the legislature appropriates money for the Department of Public Instruction staff it simply cannot be used to pay teachers. WMC is smart enough to know that. Wisconsin voters deserve better from what has been a respected voice for business and commerce. This kind of negative advertising is lowering the quality of civic discourse by distorting facts for political advantage.

Former WMC leaders like Paul Hassett and Jim Haney, both Republicans, led an organization that was respected by members of both political parties.

Distorting the truth damages the legacy great leaders like Hassett and Haney have left. WMC should pull the ad and offer an apology to not only Tony Evers but to the people of the State of Wisconsin.

That's my opinion. I'd like to hear yours.

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