Here is a link to Ms. Koehler's interview. The following is an analysis of the interview.
The interview of Ms. Koehler begins with Producer Walters stating he was intrigued by her bio which states she had been in 19 foster homes before she turned 18 and he wanted to know what she learned about local government from that experience. Ms. Koehler explained the 18 year history with issues about her parents and that the community stepped in, the government did not. Also foster parents and people did. It seems possible that Ms. Koehler would potentially support less government involvement in citizens lives. That sounds positive.
Ms. Koehler continues to state generally that she believes "the government spends too much money and taxes way too much". Is she focusing on the local, state or federal level? Too bad she did not give a specific example. If she holds that belief regarding the state while still supporting Gov. Walker who has reduced spending and reduced taxes to state residents there seems to be a conflict in her beliefs.
Later when asked about pro life she noted she is very pro life but tired of sending taxes off to pay for other people's.... what?...she was cut off and did not get to complete her thought. What did she want to say about paying for other people's......or realized that she should not say her thoughts?
It is great to hear that Ms. Koehler is not in support of Common Core and prefers to have local school districts design, measure and implement curriculum at a local level. That could get her some votes.
Another important issue she responded to was regarding Wisconsin highways. While she supports the Zoo road project in Milwaukee County she does not support improvements to Hwy 164 in Washington County which is a main highway throughout much of the 58th district. Does she not know Hwy 164 is a major connector for people from Waukesha County into Washington County and beyond? Has she been that brain washed by Jeff Gonyo? Does she not want to have highway funds come potentially into her district? How long has she lived in Washington County? Where did those thought come from?
Ms. Koehler goes on to say she has been "working really close with a bunch of potential constituents". She posted on her facebook page, in early June, she was " Excited to earn HIGHWAY J CITIZENS GROUP'S endorsement. We share the vision & value of reduce spending to cut taxes".
It is too bad she is not informed of the facts and history regarding the Highway J Citizens Group. Many residents of Washington County are well informed of the almost 20 year history that this group has opposed state improvements on Hwy 164. More than that, the Highway J Group has wasted Richfield taxpayer dollars with frivolous law suits and lost the law suits.
Ms. Koehler continues to note the current Hwy 164 improvement plan is "to be expanded into a 4 way lanes". She wants to see "that project cancelled as the traffic count does not meet the demand". She implies someone from the State Transportation Department is frivolous by stating as though someone said, "money must be spend before the year is over, so hey, let's do this project". Where did those thoughts come from?
The DOT has criteria before a highway become 4 lanes and in this respect she is right, the traffic count does not meet the demand. But does she not want to see safety improvements to save lives, has she talked with the DOT to know the real plan for improvements or has she only talked with Jeff Gonyo?
She implies the Secretary of Transportation Department needs oversight as they have huge budgets. Did she tell you what their current budget is, did she say where the money is allocated? Does she know how the various state department budgets are determined?
Ms. Koehler stated, "local road are really hurting, we need to be proactive and fix the roads". Does she know local governments and county governments receive funding from the Department of Transportation? What did she mean about buying a Cadillac? Was she implying that local municipalities spend too much on roads? This certainly shows that she does not know what is done in local or state government regarding road improvement. It sounds like the current mantra of many, that current elected officials do not know what they are doing. Has she shown you that she knows what the problems are and how to correct them? Having never been elected to a governmental position does she seem to have all the answers but not the common sense to convince you?
Ms. Koehler implied that current public officials cannot be trusted as she, "is not in support of raising taxes or tricking any body and sliding it under a fee or license". Where did those thought come from? If she does not trust elected officials why should you trust her if she might be elected?
Another issue discussed in the interview was same sex marriage. According to Ms. Koehler, " WI is in a tailspin with no county having any clarity on this issue." She may be right but when she said, "We made a decision in 2006, state wide voters put in the constitution an amendment", regarding marriage. Thankfully the interviewer asked the question, "We, sounded like you voted for that amendment." Her answer was, "I did not vote for that constitutional amendment at that time."
Whoa........ She said We, which for most listeners would make one think she was part of that vote. But, No. Who was being duped here? If the interviewer had not asked that follow up question anyone supporting marriage between a man and women would gladly say she was in their camp. Does it seem like, Not so? Did she show any reflection that she might have mislead the viewers? If not, why not? Do you need more answers before August 12th?
Voters in the 58th District need to be very careful of what this candidate is saying and truly stands for. There were too many inconsistencies, contradictions, and a total lack of knowledge of what is happening in Washington County and more specific the 58th District.
Ms. Koehler finished by saying, " (the) truth will come to light." Has the truth come to light already for voters in the 58th?