Friday, November 24th, 2017

A history of Wigderson critics


You think I get bounced pretty hard in the Waukesha Freeman Sound Off? My grandfather was criticized pretty harshly by a columnist for the Waukesha Freeman in 1952.

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Zimmerman, according to reports, practically challenged the local leaders of the party to defeat him. It seemed to be a speech intended to make a fight, and he got it. At the same time the young politicians sprinkled throughout the hall were peddling Wigderson’s campaign and working on their elders’ long smoldering resentment toward “Old Zim.” Wigderson wasn’t particularly impressive, but it was a chance to offer some reward to the energetic youngster arrogant office-holder.

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The odds will heavily favor Zimmerman, of course. The average voter isn’t much concerned with party regularity or the relations of organization politicians.

The office is scarcely a vital one. The habit of voting for Zimmerman is a strong one, after a generation. But “Old Zim” is aging—many of the delegates were surprised to note his halting walk across the platform for his perfunctory speech — and it may be that if his young challenger makes a reasonably effective campaign he can earn consideration for a future nomination, or even an interim appointment to the office some day.

The fact is, although it is rarely discussed with any candor, that this office and the state treasurer’s office are losing public interest and awareness. There must be many more persons of greater suitability for the office of state secretary than the young and obscure lawyer who was picked by the convention. Yet he was about the best that was offered.

The paucity of candidates for this and other offices reveals their diminishing importance and suggests, perhaps, that some day the legislature will recognize reality and abolish them altogether.

Man, those Waukesha Freeman columnists can be real bullies sometimes.

It is pretty sad that they were talking about abolishing the Secretary of State and State Treasurer positions back in 1952 and those two public offices continue to exist.

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