The Day After
November 3, 2010 12:49 PM
It's one of the first things we all learn on the playground. When you win you don't gloat and when you lose you congratulate the winner and look forward to the next contest.
So on this day after yesterday's blowout Republican victories let me first offer my congratulations to the winners, particularly the new Governor-Elect Scott Walker. It's no secret that I play on the other team, but Scott Walker will be our governor now, and I'm still mayor of the state's second largest city and home to its strongest local economy. We come from different ideological planets, but we're going to share the same town with our offices a block apart. We need to work together for the good of Madison and the broader state that benefits from a healthy Capital city.
I'm encouraged by the practical, inclusive message the governor-elect delivered at his victory party and by his apparent desire to focus on the economy, which is the right priority. I don't want this governor or any governor to fail because if he does so do we.
There will be a lot more to say on all that as we start working on specific issues, but for now I'm offering my congratulations and my commitment to work toward a cooperative relationship wherever we can while being the loyal opposition whenever we need to be.