This is not just about the proclamation, as offensive as it is, and as full of willful misinformation. It's about transparency and upholding the dignity of the office of the Governor. It's also about Walker's hypocrisy in pretending to be a reformed moderate while he continues to play the same divide-and-conquer games that made him the most divisive governor in America.
Below is the letter I sent to his office. Feel free to borrow.
22 January 2013Dear Governor Walker,
On Friday, Wisconsin Right to Life issued a press release claiming that on Jan. 7, 2013 you proclaimed the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Jan. 22, 2013, to be "Protect Life Day." They included a pdf of the proclamation that appears to have your signature, and that of Secretary of State Doug Lafollette.
News of this proclamation is no where to be found on your own website, in any of your press releases, or anywhere else except a conservative Catholic blog on 1/7/2013.
Any proclamation that comes out of your office should be open, transparent, and immediately made public. If this proclamation, which is made on behalf of all citizens of the state, is for real, you have some serious explaining to do as to why the proclamation was withheld from public scrutiny until the Friday before a long weekend, when no offices were open to respond to these issues, and the day in question (Tues. Jan 22) would be the day business resumed. You also need to answer why the proclamation was made public by a special interest group, and not your own office. And if the proclamation is a hoax, you need to hold these groups accountable and immediately distance yourself from this divisive show of disrespect for the rule of law in our country and our state.
Issuing proclamations from the Governor's office only to special interest groups is an unconscionable abuse of office and shows a contempt for the majority of incomprehensible proportions.
I have already posted my outrage over this situation here and I expect to hear from your office to confirm or deny whether or not you actually signed this proclamation.
Heather DuBois Bourenane
Sun Prairie, WI
Update 2 1/22/13 9:25 am: The Governor's office just confirmed to me that he DID sign this proclamation and that it should have been make public on the Executive Orders page of his website. It is not there. The most recent posting is from 1/4. This proclamation was willfully withheld from the public and issued only to special interest groups, presumably to avoid controversy.
Call Scott Walker's office today at (608) 266-1212 to let him know what you think of his brazen declaration against women's rights to reproductive choice by declaring today, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade to be "Protect Life Day."