Money & Politics: Sen. Schultz exits, shaking his head

Posted April 18, 2014 at 12:20 pm

By BILL LUEDERS

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Dale Schultz tells a story he heard about a recent meeting of Republicans in the state’s 6th congressional district.

Besides overwhelmingly passing a resolution against two GOP state lawmakers, Sen. Luther Olsen and Rep. Steve Kestell, over their support for Common Core education standards, attendees at this March 22 event affirmed Wisconsin’s right to secede from the union.

As Schultz relates, one attendee objected: “Wait a minute, we’re the party of Abraham Lincoln” — who, as a matter of historical fact, was not a big fan of secession. Someone else then rose to criticize Lincoln.

Schultz, 60, a Republican who is stepping down after 32 years in the Legislature, most as a state senator, is dumbfounded: “Who’d have ever thought you’d be at a Republican function and have to defend Abraham Lincoln?”

If it’s ironic that Lincoln is having a hard time

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