MADISON – From 2017-2020 Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon) voted nearly 100% with his Republican caucus. Democratic Party spokeswoman Kate Constalie released the following statement on Ott’s blind following:
“When Speaker Vos says ‘jump’ Republicans like Jim Ott ask, ‘how high?’ This type of behavior is unproductive and not responsive to the needs of the district he represents. For over 160 days, Ott has obediently refused to do his job to help students, families and small businesses in the middle of a pandemic. Elected officials should be able to think for themselves and do what is best for their constituents. If Jim Ott can’t make a decision without Boss Vos telling him what to do, then it’s time for Ott to go.”
As part of the Assembly Republican caucus, Rep. Ott voted to consolidate power for his own party, blocked initiatives to improve birth outcomes, and prevented action on gun safety legislation. He even cost the Mequon-Thiensville School District $2,115,781 in funding for special education programs.