Baldwin, Johnson issue joint press release against politicizing Waukesha

By: - November 29, 2021 8:49 am
Image courtesy of the City of Waukesha Facebook page

Image courtesy of the City of Waukesha

In a rare joint effort, Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson issued a press release Saturday afternoon calling on outside groups not to “exploit the tragedy … in Waukesha for their own political purposes.”

“We have full confidence in the local officials who responded with extraordinary professionalism, competence, integrity and compassion,” the senators added. “They have many difficult duties to perform in the coming days, weeks, and months, and they should be afforded the respect and support they deserve to undertake their responsibilities without outside interference.”

On Sunday, Nov. 21, a red SUV that broke through police barricades barreled into the annual Waukesha Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring dozens, and creating a scene of carnage that Waukesha police compared to “a war zone.”

Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, the man arrested for driving the SUV into the crowd, made an initial court appearance Tuesday, where bail was set at $5 million.

Local officials’  top priority, Baldwin and Johnson said in their statement, “is to begin the healing process within Waukesha by providing comfort and support to surviving family members of the deceased, and those injured both in body and spirit. They must also conduct a thorough investigation and afford the accused full due process. These will not be easy tasks, and will be made even more difficult if conducted within a politically charged atmosphere.”

Sens. Baldwin and Johnson_ Outside Groups Attempting to Exploit Tragedy in Waukesha Must Cease and Desist; Respect Local Authorities _ U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin


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Ruth Conniff
Ruth Conniff

Ruth Conniff is Editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Examiner. She formerly served as Editor-in-chief of The Progressive Magazine where she worked for many years from both Madison and Washington, DC. Shortly after Donald Trump took office she moved with her family to Oaxaca, Mexico, and covered U.S./Mexico relations, the migrant caravan, and Mexico’s efforts to grapple with Trump. Conniff is a frequent guest on MSNBC and has appeared on Good Morning America, Democracy Now!, Wisconsin Public Radio, CNN, Fox News and many other radio and television outlets. She has also written for The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She graduated from Yale University in 1990, where she ran track and edited the campus magazine The New Journal. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and three daughters.