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Moderate senators hope recall results bring compromise


He was the last Republican senator standing in the way of Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill.  Some Democrats believe Senator Dale Schultz from Richland Center may have more leverage if a similar situation presents itself in the future.

"There is a lot of common ground that we can find and hopefully Dale Schultz in his new, at least very public position will be in a good position to help us build those bridges," said Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma).

"I'm more than happy to work with anybody who wants to do that," replied Sen. Schultz.

But, Senator Schultz stopped short of saying that he would now exert more influence in the GOP.

"With a one seat majority, any member of the majority is going to be more important because of the pressure to stay together," said Sen. Schultz. "And I don't see myself as any different than anyone else in my caucus."

And while some like Senator Kathleen Vinehout hope the mood at the capitol will change because of Tuesday night's results, Senator Schultz isn't so sure.

"We're gonna have a couple more elections and we'll have to see how those go before we can maybe draw an accurate assessment," said Schultz.

But, whether he helps change the mood or exerts any new influence, Schultz says he does believe there has to be less divisiveness.

"This is a tough job at times, and you know, we need to find a way to come together and to do it across party lines," said Schultz. 

Schultz and Sen. Tim Cullen, a Democrat from Janesville, made a public display of coming together during the last week, by making visits to each other's districts.

Sen. Kathleen Vinehout says its something that has to be put into practice in Senate chambers.
"In my job I believe we have a job to lead, so leading means saying to the people 'let's work together, let's figure this out'."

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