There is nothing partisan about the League of Women Voters' mission, to help the electorate make informed choices. There is nothing tricky or unfair in the questions it asks candidates for its helpful "Voter's Guide." And there is nothing defensible about the refusal to participate.
And yet, as publisher Vince O'Hern noted last week ("Making the Paper," 10/22/10), a bumper crop of contenders did not respond to the League's general election guide (published in Isthmus and available here). Given a chance to tout their qualifications and positions, they gave voters the middle finger.
This group includes the following contested candidates: Republicans Chad Lee, Scott Walker, Rebecca Kleefisch, J.B. Van Hollen, David King, Scott Fitzgerald, Kurt Schuller, Vicki Milbrath, Keith Ripp, David Redick and Dan Henke, and Democrats Dwayne Block and Gary Hebl.