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Dreyfus could be role model for Evers -- Bob Hunt

December 23, 2018

Tony Evers shares a background in education and an open-minded, independent attitude with another former Wisconsin governor: Lee Dreyfus, who served from 1978-1982.

Gov. Dreyfus was the chancellor of UW-Stevens Point before becoming governor. Dreyfus was remembered in last Sunday’s ” What we said” State Journal editorial from 1978.

Dreyfus was flamboyant, wearing a red vest to be recognizable, and an eloquent speaker. Yet he was down to earth and accessible, often stopping at local bars to chat with students. Though a Republican, Dreyfus chose to operate as a “Republicrat,” meaning he promoted the policies of either party he thought were valid and workable. He didn’t take a purely partisan approach.

Dreyfus also was fond of finding a third way or an innovative alternative to the two main opposing views of Republicans and Democrats or whatever the conflicting sides.

Wouldn’t this be a refreshing approach to politics and government at the state Capitol today? Perhaps Gov. Evers will bring an independent, less-partisan attitude to our state in the tradition of Gov. Dreyfus.

Bob Hunt, Lodi

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