Republican Swing Vote Could be Result of Aug. 16 Recall Elections
One Republican senator seems unafraid to vote his own way, and that could shift the balance on some votes, but only if the Senate maintains a 17-16 split.
What do you call a state senator who votes against the party line? Here is Wisconsin, we might call that senator the swing vote, especially if the state Senate retains its 17-16 Republican majority split after the Aug. 16 recall elections.
Should both Wirch and Holperin win, Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) will fast become a much-courted vote for both sides of the aisle.
"One Republican state Senator from Southwest Wisconsin, Dale Schultz, broke with the Governor and voted against the Budget Repair Bill," he told Gousha. "And he was very much isolated in the initial vote. But now that the Democrats have added two seats, he can side with the Democrats ... on issues where he is much more moderate."
Schultz siding with Democrats on some issues will transform the dynamic in the Capital, Nichols added. Specifically, education, labor and rural issues will come into play, potentially producing a liberal-moderate majority that could limit some of Governor Scott Walker's initiatives.
Of course that assumes both Wirch and Holperin hold on to their seats.
With so many policies and pieces of legislation making the rounds in Madison, all eyes are still on Wisconsin and what happens on Aug. 16 is anyone's guess.