Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Andy Gronik, released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Gill v. Whitford:
“Today, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to delay action on Gill v. Whitford, the Wisconsin gerrymandering lawsuit. I applaud the plaintiffs on bringing up an important case and bringing attention to millions of voters who now know what gerrymandering is and how letting legislators choose their constituents, instead of the other way around, destroys our democracy.
“From the beginning of this campaign, I’ve made it clear that if we want to protect democracy here in Wisconsin, our governor needs to be a fighter, someone who will fight to make sure the peoples’ voice is heard. This month, I took on the state GOP and Governor Walker after they tried to strip away the voices of 1,770 people in Milwaukee’s African American community and people with previous felony convictions who had signed his nomination papers. I’m not talking the talk, I’m walking the walk and fighting for every voice in Wisconsin.
“As your next governor, I’ll use my problem-solving skills to work with the legislature to pass independent redistricting reform that adopts the Iowa redistricting model and takes partisanship out of mapmaking in the future.
“It’s pragmatic, common-sense solutions, like an independent redistricting reform, that we need to remedy our broken politics where career politicians, special interests, and major corporations win at the expense of everyday people in our state.
“I’ve always believed in a transparent, accountable, and accessible government. The right to vote is sacred and we should do all we can to protect that right and expand it to as many Americans as possible to ensure they have a voice in our government. Voters should choose their politicians, not the other way around.
“We need someone who is a fighter and who will protect our democracy as our next governor. I don’t sit on the sidelines while my fellow Wisconsinites are attacked and have their voices taken away by dirty political tricks. I’ve stood up to Scott Walker and his election machine twice and won. I am that fighter that Wisconsin needs and after I beat Walker in November we’ll restore the voice of the people of this state once again.”