The Republican Party of Wisconsin continues misrepresenting the truth and using the tired “Barrett’s running for Doyle’s third term” line. Nevermind that on the issue the RPW is trying to use to attack Tom Barrett (Zoo interchange) Doyle came out in support of the project the RPW is currently touting and that project is being funded by the stimulus RPW chair Reince Priebus declared “failed.” Nope, Barrett is running for Doyle’s third term and he wanted the Zoo interchange to collapse.
Stuntman Mark Jefferson presents some “facts” central to his case, one;
“Less than five years ago, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett wrote, “the Zoo Interchange will stand long enough for us to resolve these issues,” as he suggested delaying funding to fix the major traffic artery”
In that letter to state legislative leaders (dated June 28, 2005) Barrett was advocating a clear plan and consensus on the project before work began. Nearly five years before the bridge was shut down and in all likelihood posing no danger to users. Barrett recognized the value of planning before dropping $38 million. Like that “fiscal responsibility” Republicans always claim to support, but actually put into action.
Also noted in Barrett’s letter is that Milwaukee County had not endorsed the current plan for the freeway. Yet in the Journal-Sentinel County Executive Scott Walker tries to claim he wanted both the Zoo and Marquette interchanges addressed. Slippery Scott always wants it both ways.
For Jefferson’s next “fact” he misrepresents a statement from Barrett;
“Other roadway projects show a pattern of Barrett’s Doyle-like transit priorities: “In letters to the project planners, Barrett said the money being targeted for freeway expansion – roughly $200 million of the total $1.9 billion – would be better spent on transit.”
Freeway expansion would necessitate work on the interchanges, but the focus was widening the interstate from six to eight lanes. Barrett’s statement in the JS article (an actual quote, unlike what the RPW used) makes the point, “With gas at $4 a gallon and $125 a barrel, to pour more money into an expansion that DOT’s own analysis says will not reduce travel time is not a prudent use of money.” The project is not and was never the zero-sum, roads or rails issue the RPW makes it out to be.
Further ruining the credibility of the RPW, last year Governor Doyle praised the project saying;
“This road right here is the heart of the economy of the state of Wisconsin, and we are going to work to make sure that it is a good, safe road that will serve this state and this country for decades and decades to come.”
So the RPW slams Barrett for “being like Doyle” when Doyle supported the freeway expansion project the RPW is currently touting. Meanwhile stimulus funds, which the RPW constantly attacks, are paying for part of the project.
With this latest flip-flop can you believe anything coming from the RPW? Not to mention the hypocrisy of Scott Walker’s interchange politicking while being unwilling or unable to keep his own house from crumbling.