Wirch-Steitz forum coverage

State Sen. Bob Wirch and his challenger in the Aug. 16 recall election Jonathon Steitz traded views in a forum at the Kenosha Country Club this morning.

The forum was hosted by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance  and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce.

The recall election was spurred by Wirch’s participation in the flight from the state of the 14 state Senate Democrats during debate of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill in February in order to avoid a quorum call for a vote on the  bill. Here Wirch and Steitz give their views on the issue (in all further seated videos Wirch is on the right and Steitz on the  left):

Here’s video of  the candidates opening statements, with Wirch speaking first:

As business organizations hosted this forum, many of the question related to business policy. Here’s a compilation of some of the business oriented questions:

Here the candidates give their opinions on drug testing for recipients of social safety net programs:

Here the candidates give their views on federal healthcare reform:

Here the candidates give their views on abortion:

Here are the candidates closing statements, with Steitz going first:



  1. Darrel Damon says:

    I find it interesting and illuminating that Bob Wirch colors himself a fiscal conservative. I always thought a fiscal conservative was someone who didn’t spend money that they didn’t have.

    I don’t want to vote for either candidate based on the negative campaigning that is taking place, although I have to say that Bob has outspent his opponent in that area by a wide margin.

    If I want to know a candidate’s position on issues, I will ask the candidate, not the opponent. In campaign literature, I want to see the candidate’s take on the issues, not the candidate’s take on the opponent.

    All in all, a fine example of negative campaigning and the politics of the personal at it’s best. What is one to do? Vote for the least negative? How about some positive spin for a change?

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