Dear Editor: In response to the proposed plans to abolish the Legislative Audit Bureau, I cannot but express my utter embarrassment to be a registered Republican. Already a rarity in Madison and Dane County, I would hope Republicans would value my vote enough to be mindful that I vote based on rationality and that eliminating a government post in retribution for its doing a good job is one of the most counter-intuitive proposals I have read in years. Politics play a role but when a quality organization such as the LAB is subject to petty attempts at retribution for pointing out the obvious failures of one of the governor’s pet projects, the politics have gone too far.

Gov. Scott Walker is not above reproach and if he truly is interested in pursuing the highest office in this country then he should be an example of someone willing to take bipartisan criticism that is intended to provide better governance. I would be far more impressed if he accepted that criticism and used it to produce a better, more effective program rather than have his entourage throw a temper tantrum. Instead of a leader, he appears to be a “typical” politician trying to leverage power for his own gain rather than the gain of his constituents.

Republicans can rest assured that they will be hard pressed to secure my vote in coming elections if there is even a shred of support for this bill.

Jeff Hayes

Madison

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