Dear Editor,

I read with disappointment the recent letter to the editor written by Michael Poquette which claimed I am not available to citizens of the 89th Assembly District.

Since first being elected into the State Assembly in 2006, I have made it my priority to remain connected to the voters of the 89th Assembly District.

Over the last 13 years, I have had countless meetings with friends and neighbors to discuss what is happening in Madison and ways I can help with any issues related to state government. Whether I’m having coffee with someone at Taste Buds in Marinette or lunch at Titletown in Green Bay, I value the opportunity to chat with my neighbors.

Recently, I was sued by a liberal group in Madison known as “One Wisconsin Now” for blocking them on the social media application called Twitter. A Madison Judge ruled in their favor. I value open dialogue and fostering productive discussion, but I believed the messages sent by One Wisconsin Now were not productive, or respectful, and were downright vulgar at times. Of course, if One Wisconsin Now wanted to contact me, they could have written a letter, sent an email, or requested a meeting, all of which they did not do.

Personally, I understand that as a public figure, I should be open to public comment and criticism. But beyond reasonable conversation, I believe there are limits. That is why I blocked One Wisconsin Now so that others would not be subjected to their offensive comments.

As I have since 2006, I welcome you to reach out to me to talk about issues important to you. I always make it a point to respond to constituents and each year I host numerous listening sessions in the district. You may contact me at 608-266-2343 or rep.nygren@legis.wisconsin.gov.

 

State Rep. John Nygren

Wisconsin 89th Assembly District