One legislative leader whose party lost seats withdrew from leadership Wednesday, before he was voted out. Senate Majority Leader Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) said he would not seek a leadership role when the 15 GOP senators meet today.
In a statement, Schultz said national issues - and nothing Wisconsin Republicans did or didn't do - caused the defeat of incumbent Republican Sens. Tom Reynolds of West Allis and Dave Zien and Ron Brown, both of Eau Claire.
"What we saw in Senate Republican races here in Wisconsin was a direct result of a Democrat tsunami which swept across the country," Schultz added.
To assert that local candidates are irrelevant in local races is pretty astounding. Yes, national trends had an impact. So did the candidates the Republicans chose to run in Wisconsin.