Re: Robert Weissberg on the Madison Mob

In a comment that I posted on Professor Weissberg’s excellent essay, I noted that it prompts this question: Isn’t it problematic for a state agency to call in private individuals and urge them to take sides in a particular controversy? For example, suppose that the local police department, fearing salary cuts by the town council, started calling up individuals within the police department’s jurisdiction and telling them, “You really ought to go down to the city hall and join in a protest against these cuts.” Is that kind of pressure appropriate — and how does it differ from what the diversicrats at UW did?

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