GOP senator will not seek re-election; won't endorse Marklein

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON—Senator Bob Jauch released the following statement upon the announcement from Senator Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) that he would retire at the end of the year.

“Senator Schultz will retire from the State Senate leaving the institution, his district and Wisconsin a better place as a result of his service. Throughout his career he has maintained the highest standard of public service and given representative democracy a good name.

History will record Dale’s efforts to work for the common good and willingness to stand up to adversity as comparable to former Senator Tiny Krueger who is known as one of Wisconsin’s finest statesmen.

Like so many who admire Dale I am disappointed that the public will lose an elected official who has so much integrity, dignity and will stand for what is right. Dale has been true to the citizens of southwestern Wisconsin but has never forgotten his role to find the common good for all the citizens in Wisconsin.

Like few others he has been willing to put partisan politics aside as he sought solutions to do what is right for the collective will of the citizens of Wisconsin.

The citizens of Wisconsin will miss his leadership but his service serves as an example of how an elected official should serve the people of his district and state.

I wish Dale and his wife all the best in the future.”

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Retiring Wisconsin state Sen. Dale Schultz is refusing to endorse fellow Republican Howard Marklein in the race for the seat Schultz is leaving.

The conservative Marklein announced in April that he was going to run for the seat that the moderate Schultz has held since 1991. Schultz on Monday said he would not seek re-election, but he declined to endorse Marklein, saying he is "out of step" with the views of constituents in his southwestern Wisconsin district.

Marklein said he was running against Schultz because he voted against a mining bill last year and the Act 10 union law in 2011. But Schultz says his votes represented views of his constituents on those issues.

Marklein praised Schultz on Monday, saying he will be missed by Republicans and Democrats alike.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- One of the most moderate Republicans in the state Legislature will retire rather than take on a more conservative challenger.

State Sen. Dale Schultz tells WISC-TV ( he retire after 31 years in the Legislature rather than seek re-election this fall. He is being challenged by conservative Rep. Howard Marklein, of Spring Green.

Schultz did not immediately return a message seeking comment Monday.

Schultz was the only Republican in the Senate to vote against Gov. Scott Walker's union law known as Act 10. He also went against Walker and Republicans on other issues, including loosening environmental laws to ease the opening of an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.

In addition to Marklein, Democrat Ernie Wittwer is also running of the seat.

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