CHICAGO - Wisconsin Secretary of Administration Mike Huebsch has been alongside Governor Scott Walker during dark times as well as stunning victories. Thursday night, Huebsch was called on to stand in for Walker at the Heartland Institute's annual fundraiser. Walker stayed home with his wife Tonette Thursday to be at her side recovering from an unexpected emergency appendectomy earlier in the week.
While attending a memorial service for the Sikh shooting victims, Walker received word his wife had been hospitalized and emergency surgery soon followed. "This has been a difficult week in Wisconsin," Huebsch said as he explained to the Heartland Institute dinner attendees Walker's absence.
Huebsch told the audience about the challenges lawmakers and offixiala faced during the most intense days at Wisconsin's Capitol as the new Republican majority took on the issue of state employee pensions and collective bargaining. Thousands filled the Capitol daily, and emotion ran high during the negotiations.
Huebsch shared one particularly low point during those trying days at the Capitol with Heartland Institute dinner attendees: