One indication of the serious political challenge ahead of the effort to win political (i.e. legislative) support for autonomy for UW Madison is the registration of the new entity, BADGERADVOCATES, as a lobbying arm at the Capitol. The group is led by Brandon Scholz, Director of the Wisconsin Grocers Association and former director and, still major player in, the GOP.
This is one of the largest lobbying forces mobilized and is comprised of a who’s who of GOP lobbying stalwarts. Missing from the line-up however, is Pete Christiansen, head of the Quarles and Brady lobbying firm and President of the UW Alumni Association.
Who exactly are the Badger Advocates? Who funds them?
In any case, they know full well that the GOP caucuses will gladly embrace the prospect of splitting off of our campus so that they can slash and burn without having to jeopardize funding for their own proximate campus(es). Indeed, for the rural and suburban GOP, which comprise the majorities in both houses, there could not be a more ideologically and fiscally opportune outcome than this specific fissure of the System.