Feldt’s List: more evidence of anti-Elimination backlash

State Treasurer candidate Scott Feldt rolled out a list of 44 county treasurers on Tuesday – 33 Republicans and 11 Democrats – who are publicly endorsing the current deputy treasurer for the top job.

We wrote earlier that the “movement” in Wisconsin to eliminate the office of Treasurer and Secretary of State is a swindle, manufactured by power-cherishing inside-the-beltline politicians in Madison.

Mr. Feldt hit the right chords in the announcement of the endorsements: “The endorsements come on the eve of a vote in the State Assembly to eliminate the State Treasurer’s Office; a vote that Feldt believes is more about Madison politics than good government.”

Mr. Feldt’s statement comes on the heels of a vote by the legislature to once again attempt to get rid of the office, which the deputy treas clearly thinks is showmanship more than it is statesmanship: “A constitutional amendment requires a bill to pass two consecutive sessions of the legislature before going to referendum,” said Feldt.

“The bottom line is, Wisconsinites will elect a Treasurer in 2014, and I believe, for many years to come. The state deserves a Treasurer who will be a financial watchdog,” he said.

In a strange marriage, Mr. Feldt and SOS candidates Julian Bradley and Bill Folk are in agreement with the progressive Cap Times in believing restoring duties to the two offices is the best thing to do. So are we.

As Mr. Feldt puts is, the real choice isn’t between progressive or conservative ideas, it’s between accountability and bureaucracy. Unless you’re Saddam Hussein or have a penchant for stroking bald cats, that choice is obvious.

A majority of county treasurers in Wisconsin agreed with that on Tuesday.

About the writer: Chris Rochester has worked in communications and finance for a state Senate and congressional campaign, consulted on numerous Assembly and local races, and has held leadership roles in his local Republican Party. He's communications director for the MacIver Institute. Commentary here is strictly his own.