CONTACT: Senator Howard Marklein, 608-266-0703,

Madison, WI – Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) released the following statement when he arrived at the Capitol today to another round of broken windows in his office and destruction all around the Capitol Square businesses.

“It is almost exactly two months since the last time I sat in my office at the State Capitol with broken windows. There is absolutely no justification for the vandalism, destruction, rioting and looting that took place at the State Capitol, in the City of Madison or the City of Kenosha last night.

We need leadership in this state to take a stand, protect our citizens and call for peace, rather than capitulating to violent mobs. Governor Tony Evers and Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes made irresponsible comments about the incident in Kenosha before having all of the facts. They did not call for peace. They did not encourage calm. They did encourage people to jump to conclusions and take negative action. The Governor needs to accept responsibility for this. His words have consequences.

Now, many businesses are destroyed and livelihoods are ruined before we even have the facts of this case. Even when we DO know the facts of this case, there is no excuse to destroy innocent lives and livelihoods. No excuse.”

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