Wausau area Republicans will be allowed to participate in that city’s Labor Day Parade if they choose.
On Tuesday, the city issued an ultimatum to the Marathon County Labor Council telling them that if Republicans were banned, the Council would be required to reimburse the city for all expenses.
On Wednesday, Council President Randy Radtke issued a statement saying “we will let everyone march and hope these Republican politicians finally take away some lessons about what Labor Day really means.”
Radtke claimed in his statement that his group “didn’t start this fight in Wisconsin, but were responding to anti-worker positions and policies supported by local Republican politicians, including those who have complained about not being invited.”
But it was his group that chose to act like tyrannical thugs and ban Republicans from participating in what should be a non-partisan event.
According to Radtke, that decision was intended to stimulate “a great debate in our community about the meaning of Labor Day,” but that is not what he said at the time.
The council president says that after Governor Walker signed the bill, stripping most union workers of their rights to collectively bargain, a bill, he says was pushed through thanks to the support of area Republicans, he decided to ban them from the parade.
Radtke says Labor Day is about honoring hard working people, and in his opinion, Republicans don’t represent those values.
The move was clearly revenge over Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill that sparked what can only be called an insurrection in that state’s capitol.
If the Council persisted in its desire to ban Republicans, community groups and school bands would have been affected.
But the controversy is not just a concern for politicians. What it means for our school band programs is even more complicated. The D.C. Everest High School band performs in the parade every year. But if it’s no longer hosted by the city school leaders may have to pull the band out of the parade.
“We are going to make a decision that’s in the best interest for our kids and school,” says Principal Tom Johansen.
Ed Morrissey writes at Hot Air that Republicans can expect disruptions from pro-union protesters:
Well, they didn’t want to foot the bill for the parade, as Mayor Jim Tipple warned would happen yesterday if the MCLC turned it into a partisan event. It’s only a temporary end to the controversy, though. If Republicans like Rep. Sean Duffy do take part in the parade, you can bet your bottom dollar that protesters will disrupt it with high-profile hijinks in order to get on the local news. Stay tuned on Monday for more on this story.
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