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Saturday, June 12, 2010

 10:10 AM 

Secretary of State decries eliminating office as 'political gimmick'

Secretary of State Doug La Follette came to the defense of his office in an op-ed piece in this morning's Wisconsin State Journal.

"Every so often, a politician seeks to gain favor with cost-conscious voters by promoting the political gimmick of eliminating the constitutional office of the secretary of state," La Follette began, referencing a series of cost-savings proposals introduced by Dem guv candidate Tom Barrett earlier this week. He also noted that the State Journal "excitedly endorsed" the plan, which also included the elimination of the state treasurer's office.

"Barrett seems to think great amounts of money will be saved by moving the functions of the secretary of state to the lieutenant governor's office. But the office space and employees will still be needed to do the job," La Follette wrote. "I suppose my salary of $64,000 would be saved, but that is hardly the level of savings touted by Barrett and the State Journal."

The secretary, who served from 1974-78 and again since 1982, is at the convention this morning talking with convention goers in his trademark self-introductory vest.

-- By Andy Szal


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