Janesville’s Tim Cullen takes Common Cause post


Gazette staff

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

JANESVILLE—Former state Sen. Tim Cullen is taking over the chairmanship of Common Cause of Wisconsin.

Cullen, town of Janesville, replaces Bill Kraus, 91, who led the good-government advocacy organization for 22 years, said Jay Heck, Common Cause’s executive director.

Cullen served on the organization’s board in 2009-10, resigned to run for state Senate and rejoined the board in 2015 after he left office.

In a news release Tuesday, Cullen is quoted as saying: “We are recommitting our reform work to unite Wisconsinites of all political views toward the re-establishment of open, accountable and transparent state government and clean politics, and to rebuilding a state where the concerns of real citizens trump the power of monied interests and vicious, polarizing partisanship.”

Cullen also co-chairs the Wisconsin Fair Elections Project with former Republican state Sen. Dale Schultz, with whom he frequently travels and speaks about the need to end partisan gerrymandering.