Doyle and Republicans Vow to Work Together

By: Zac Schultz
By: Zac Schultz

Madison For the past four years the Capitol has been about as divided as you can get, but both Republicans and Democrats say Tuesday's election will force them to work together.

When the next session begins in January Governor Jim Doyle will have a whole new crop of leaders to work with. Gone from the Assembly are Speaker John Gard and Speaker Pro Tem Stephen Freese.

The Democrats are now in charge in the Senate, and former Republican Majority Leader Dale Schultz has announced he won't run for his leadership post again.

"I think there are going to be some very big changes that come from having a democratic majority in the senate," says Doyle.

Gone are the days when Republicans could pass every bill they wanted and only had to worry about Doyle's veto pen. Now both parties and both chambers must work together with the Governor. "I think we're going to see a lot better working relationship, both between the houses of the legislature themselves, and between our office and the legislature and I look forward to that," says Doyle.

"The people gave Governor Doyle a strong mandate to come back-that's fine-we'll stand ready to work with him," says Republican Mike Huebsch, the Majority Leader of the Assembly and likely the next Speaker.

He acknowledges Democrats have a lot more power than years past, but he says Republicans won't be pushed around. "The message I took out of last night-I'm hoping and I believe my colleagues on the other side of the aisle in both houses did-is that the people made it clear that while we're going to return Governor Doyle we are going to keep the Republicans in the Assembly because we do want a check."

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