Senate Democrats are settling into the minority under new leadership. State Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) will serve as Minority Leader in the chamber, after Democrats lost the majority in Tuesday’s elections.
The Monona Democrat says their job will be to serve as truth-tellers, and they will not allow bogus claims from Republicans go by without being brought to the publics’ attention.
Miller says they will work with Republicans though on proposals that get people back to work. He says it was their focus during the last two years in the majority, and Democrats want to see Wisconsin be one of the first states out of the recession.
However, Miller says Democrats will do whatever they can to fight policies that only benefit the wealthy. He says they can’t stand by and watch the “economic elite” be the only ones to benefit from Republican proposals.
Democrats also named Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) as assistant minority leader and Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) as caucus chair. The party now holds 14 seats in the Senate, compared to 19 for the GOP.