The Wisconsin Republican leadership is gloating over the recent U.S. Supreme Court order allowing them to continue to use the gerrymandered maps that damage our system of representational government.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and Attorney General Brad Schimel all issued statements telling how pleased they are that they can continue to use the rigged maps.

I was curious about what lower-ranking elected officials were saying, so I checked the Wheeler Report. In the wake of the decision, around 20 Democrats, both officials or candidates, issued statements criticizing gerrymandering and pledging their support for fair maps.

On the Republican side, I didn't see any statements from members not in the leadership. Apparently no one is ready to buck their leadership and support fair maps. I was particularly looking for a statement from Rep.-elect Jon Plumer, a Lodi Republican, who recently won a special election in the 42nd Assembly District. The State Journal editorial board recently told its readers that he supports fair maps, but I was not able to find a statement from him on the court order.

Paul Malischke, Madison

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