FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 9, 2016
Contact: Laura Smith, 608.266.5504
Statement from Rep. Barca on Election Results
Today, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) issued the following statement:
"This certainly was a gut-wrenching and surprising election, and our state was swept in a Trump wave that upended the races for President, Congress, State Senate, and the State Assembly.
"There is a lot we disagree on, but as I traveled the state I heard common concerns – that people want high-quality schools, family-supporting jobs, better infrastructure and a stronger middle class. Unfortunately, those things have been out of reach for too many Wisconsinites.
"There will be many pundits analyzing these results for weeks, but what is crystal clear is that voters are dissatisfied with the status quo. Therefore, the one caveat for Wisconsin Republicans is the majority of our citizens believe our state is going in the wrong direction.
"So I hope we can work together to solve our transportation crisis, let’s fund our public schools, let’s grow jobs and wages, let’s tackle student loan debt – and let’s end this endless cycle of power grabs and special interest influence that has made people in Wisconsin feel like the system is rigged against them. Here in this state, protecting clean open and transparent government is especially vital at this time of complete one-party control.
"Democrats will never cease to be a voice for all people – especially those who woke up this morning feeling alienated and powerless in their own country. At the same time, people overwhelmingly want us to work together so Democrats will continue advocating for important issues like clean water, good roads and quality schools and hopefully we can find some degree of common ground.
"We hope all citizens will join together by staying engaged in our communities, in our state and in the country we love.
"I congratulate President-elect Donald Trump, and I pray that he will find a way to serve all the people of this country, as he appropriately indicated last night."