Kudos J-Rod

Jessie Rodriguez

Rep-elect Jessie Rodriguez, the state’s first Latina Republican legislator, won’t join the legislature’s minority caucus:

“With due deference to Representative Mandela Barnes and his group, I don’t need to be a part of a minority caucus to understand communities of color or find ways to empower them.”

-State Journal

Liberals feel an instinctive drive to segregate one group from another, perhaps a holdover from the days when Democrats were enforcing Jim Crow laws and, before their Kennedy-era Enlightenment, opposing the desegregation efforts of Eisenhower and Chief Justice Earl Warren (Republicans).

Regardless of why liberals feel the need to run campaigns and legislate based on segregated demographics, that the newly minted GOP representative eschews political arrangements based on little more than skin color or where her parents emigrated from is refreshing.

“The voters of the 21st Assembly District sent me to Madison, not to get bogged down by identity politics, but to work with my colleagues and Governor Walker to continue making Wisconsin a great place for everyone,” she said.

About the writer: Chris Rochester is editor in chief of Morning Martini. He’s a communication specialist with experience in the private sector and on various campaigns. He's the communications director for the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy. Commentary here is strictly his own.