Family divided by politics puts party lines aside

Klarich family: Politicians should do the same

Families across Wisconsin are mulling what the future holds for politics now that the recall election has come and gone, and the Klarich family of Oregon is no exception.

The multi-generational and politically divided household has a general feeling that Wisconsinites simply forgot how to play nice.

“I was really disappointed with the way a whole bunch of people acted on both sides,” said David Klarich, who lives in a home with his parents, wife and 5-year-old son, and tends to lean more conservative with his views.


“What type of example are they setting for our kids and our grandkids?” said Jim Klarich, David’s father, who identifies with Democrats. “They’ve got to learn to play nice and play together. I thought we learned that early on in our lives, but apparently some people have lost that lesson along the way.”

Watching election returns together this week, the family tried to put their differing politics aside.

“We all tried to take the high road and not say, ‘I told you so,'” said David Klarich. “We tried to be nice about it.”

They heard the promises from the candidates of working together and “moving Wisconsin forward.” Do they buy it?

“I don’t believe any of it,” said David Klarich. “I think it’s a nice way to smooth stuff over at the end of the night, but I think in a couple weeks, we’re going to be right back in the situation that we were in.”

“I would really like to see that happen, but saying it and doing it are two different things,” said Jim Klarich.

So, if they were going to teach their own lesson to this swing state, what would it be?

“You have to have a priority. What’s more important, your point or your family?” said Jim Klarich. “I think politicians have to do that too. What’s more important, getting re-elected and getting your party objective through, or making Wisconsin a better place for everybody?”

Editor’s Note: The Klarichs are one family participating in the “We the People Wisconsin Economy Project.” To see the opinions and stories of other families from across the state, go to