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Church or Tiffany

February 14, 2020

To the Editor:
I think it is time to curtail Tiffany’s climb up the political ladder. He has served in the State Assembly for one year and will have served in the State Senate for eight years. He has shown time and again that his first allegiance is to big business and deep-pocketed donors. I believe his aspiration of moving on to the federal level as a congressman is not only beyond his level of competence, but also because during his tenure in office he has shown that he just can’t be trusted.
Although, he has apologized for his failed attempt as a member of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee to effectively repeal the open-records law during an infamous last-minute vote taken at night on a holiday weekend he appears unrepentant. He has refused to state whether he would bring or support a bill to place the state legislature under the same records retention rules as others in state government. He did roll out an initiative called the “Homeowners’ Bill of Rights” to protect against the “creep of overbearing government.” But this lawmaker who opposes local governments’ use of eminent domain has supported its use by out-of-state private oil pipeline companies which gave Enbridge Energy, a Canadian oil pipeline company, the power to condemn private property for oil pipeline operations. Additionally, he has not been adverse to state government wresting control from local governmental entities and prohibiting locals from establishing regulations under their authority. In the case of Frac mining, he has opposed locals passing laws to regulate health, safety and welfare, passing their own water and air quality standards and passing their own blasting ordinances.
While I oppose many of Jason Church’s positions I still think he would be a better choice than Tiffany, if only because he has shown the courage of his convictions. From his bio — Church graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in political science. He served in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Afghanistan, where he was injured in an IED explosion (he lost two legs). After medically retiring from the Army, Church completed an M.A. in security studies at Georgetown University and a J.D. at Wisconsin Law School. Captain Church’s (retired) military awards include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Airborne Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab. He also worked as an aide to U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). I believe Jason Church would comply with his oath of office and better serve the people of Wisconsin's 7th Congressional district than Tom Tiffany.

John Kocovsky
Hazelhurst



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