Opposing Groups Face Off Along Janesville Road

Depending on which side you were on regarding recalls, you had an opportunity to honk your horn and wave, or honk your horn and sign to recall the mayor and possibly an alderman.

With the political season was truly in full swing on Saturday, and you didn't have to drive far to come face to face with government issues, on either side of the road (literally).

A planned was held near the Tess Corners Fire Department on Janesville Road in downtown Muskego by the citizens political action committee (PAC) called Muskego for Ethical Government (MEG). The group was there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow residents to sign a recall petition against Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti, and (if you lived in their districts) 4th District Alderman Keith Werner and 6th District Alderman Neome Schaumberg.

Spokesperson Lorie Oliver said they were pleased at the response so far and nearing the end of the day on Saturday, she felt they were "getting very close on the signatures needed for Alderman Werner." She said the response from Schaumberg's district, which lies on the southern end of Muskego, was lighter.

The group will need to gather about 350 signatures in the 4th District, and 430 in the 6th District. Chiaverotti's recall will require about 3,000 signatures to trigger a recall election.

About three blocks east, a handful of residents held their own signs stating "Recalls Cost Money." Marguerite Ingold, one of the protestors against the recall, said, "We are getting more "thumbs up" than you can imagine.  It's been very rewarding out here. We are not quite as organized as the other side  and unfortunately many people who agree with us are afraid to 'come out.'"

"'No more recalls' is the best slogan ever, and I think the other side is being hurt because we are not taking it lying down like last time," she said.

Oliver said she respected the right of the counter protestors, but did take issue with Stand Up Muskego, an opposing PAC, who called police to report that cars were being parked illegally in order to sign the petition.

No warnings or citations were issued, as police told members of the opposing group, led by spokesperson Rob Lucas, that MEG was not doing anything illegal.

"I don't know why it has to be this way," Oliver said. "Why can't we agree to disagree? I hope this can stay civil, because everyone has a right to their opinion."

MEG will be available on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well to collect signatures. If that's not your stance, it's likely their opponents will also be on hand to gather your support.

The Warrior April 03, 2012 at 09:14 PM
thanks for identifying yourself Yada...
The Anti-Alinsky April 05, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Should be MEGNOG Muskego for Ethical Government and No Opportunities for Growth
Suzi Link April 05, 2012 at 03:15 AM
To "Muskego Politics Make Me Bitter" You specifically named me, then categorize the named group as: "we have bullies, thieves, and tax cheats here. Yeah, real ethical." 1.) which category are you placing me in? 2.) what is your basis for this particular slander? 3.) what is your actual name, so I know who to sue for this unsubstatiated accusation? The alternative is that you could publicly identify yourself and apoligize for your immature and baseless namecalling. GROW UP P.S. There are ways of identifying you if you remain too gutless to identify yourself an you continue to remain an annoyance,
Mike Hunt April 16, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Muskego Held Hostage April 19, 2012 at 08:05 PM
This sure shut everyone up. Be careful who you "hang" with. It's been said before and here it is again. Deep down, Muskego is still a small town and it has a long memory. What you do and who you ally with will stick around a long, long time.


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