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Kenosha, WI – Cathy Myers, the 24-year high school teacher and two-term Janesville School Board member who is challenging Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, attended a public hearing of the Kenosha County Board’s Judiciary & Law Committee on Wednesday to denounce Sheriff David Beth for comments she described as “immoral.”
At a January 25th news conference, Sheriff Beth stated, “I’m to the point that I think society has come to a threshold where some people aren’t worth saving. We need to build warehouses, put these people into it, and lock them away for the rest of their lives.”
He continued, “Let’s put them in jail. Let’s stop them from going out and getting ten other women pregnant and having small children. Let’s put them away . . . We have to get to the point where we will no longer put up with the garbage people that fill our communities. They are a cancer to our society.”
Cathy Myers responded that Beth’s “racist dog whistles were deafening” and called on all elected officials and candidates to denounce his comments. “The silence of any elected official or candidate for office is a signal that institutional racism is acceptable,” she said.
Myers continued, stating that Beth’s comments “express a worldview that has no place in our government.” She called on Beth to resign “because no apology can undo the harm and division he has caused by his comments.”
Cathy Myers’ full written statement is available here. You can learn more about Cathy Myers’ campaign on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.