In the final days before a special election in the 33rd Wisconsin State Senate District, a proposal to apply for an Article V convention for the purpose of enacting a federal balanced budget amendment emerged as an important issue.
Delafield, Wisconsin state Rep. Chris Kapenga (R) ran for a state Senate seat vacated by Paul Farrow (R), who was elected the county executive of Waukesha County, Wisconsin in April. He currently serves as a co-president for the Assembly of State Legislatures, which is responsible for setting the framework for a convention. Brian Dorow and Mikael Langer challenged him for the Republican nomination.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on June 21st about the debate between Kapenga and his challengers on whether Wisconsin should call for a convention. Dorow felt the repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law is a bigger priority. He went on to tell the newspaper Kapenga’s push for a convention is “misplaced energy.” A bill repealing the prevailing wage law was co-authored by Kapenga.
Citizens for a Responsible Wisconsin, an issue advocacy group, issued direct mail postcards to voters during the final days of the campaign accusing Kapenga of teaming up with Democrats to re-write the U.S. Constitution. The Waukesha Freeman reported on Tuesday the group did not register with the state’s Government Accountability Board, which oversees campaigns and elections. The only registration on file for the group was with the Department of Financial Institutions as a non-stock corporation.
Kapenga won the Republican primary on Tuesday night with 52 percent of the vote. He will face off against Democratic Party nominee Sherryll Shaddock (D) in the general election scheduled for July 21st.