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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Why I Walked Out on Governor Walker - update

This morning Councilman Perrotto appeared on WCLO.  The interview podcast also includes interview with State Senator Tim Cullen (D) which is always a good thing.

Following Councilman Perrotto's phone call to Dan Conry, I stopped in and shared with Dan and the listeners my thoughts on what has transpired over the last couple of days.

Janesville Gazette also wrote a story about the Forward Janesville dinner featuring Governor Walker and what followed it.  It will be posted later today (probably around 4 pm) online, at which point I will post a link as an update to this blog entry.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the many many people who thanked me for doing what I consider to be my duty and responsibility - represent the many people of Janesville who could not do what I did - Walk Out on Governor Walker.  Your support has reaffirmed what I already knew, which is that  Janesville is full of great people, many of whom do not support the Governor though some still do.  

Going Forward.  

Even before I was elected to the Council in 2008, I knew that being in public office, one can never please everyone, and this time is certainly no different, but I want to assure you that I will continue to take my measured, open-minded approach to issues that affect our community and evaluate each issue that comes before me one at a time in a non-partisan manner.  Throughout my time on the council I have at various times agreed and disagreed with every Councilmember which to me is the true measure of non-partisanship.  I will continue to solicit your feedback and communicate with you to the best of my abilities  through phone calls, emails, Facebook and good old personal contact.  I very much appreciate all the emails of support I have received, and the few emails from those who disagree with my decision.  

I look forward to receiving the next Council agenda packet and continuing to address the important issues facing our community just like I always have - one issue at a time.

Please let me know if I can be of service.  

Yuri Rashkin 

UPDATE:  Here's the link to the Gazette story.  The comments are coming in fast and furious.

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