Sunday, June 12, 2011

WI Dems won't run fake candidates. They have enough trouble finding real ones.

Democrats to force primaries - JSOnline
Michael Tate, chairman of the state Democratic Party, said in a statement that his party won't match the GOP's strategy. But he said his party intends to force primaries in the six recalls of Republicans by running two Democrats in each of them - one legitimate and the other a "placeholder" who will not actively campaign.
Wisconsin Democrats haven't been "actively campaigning" in the 2nd senate district for years, it shouldn't be too hard to double that effort.

The 2nd senate district includes De Pere, Ashwaubenon, Kaukauna, Shawano, & Oconto Falls, amongst other places.  It has been representated by Senator Robert Cowles since 1987.  It has been more than 10 years since the Democrats have bothered to even run anyone against him.  If the Wisconsin GOP runs a fake Democrat to force a primary, that will be a 100% increase in the number of candidates that the Democrats have managed to muster in a decade.

I realize that Mike Tate is relatively young and not personally responsible for a decade of neglect, but it's almost like the Democrats just figured out that there is a senate district up here and that the representation of said district can be contested.  Snark aside, the fact the remains that the Democrats in Madison and Milwaukee have neglected this district for years.  Their interest now is driven only by their dislike for Governor Walker. 

Voters in the second senate district should be wary of the new interest that Democrats at the state level are demonstrating.  Not bothering to even contest a seat for ten years and then suddenly being interested just because you don't like the Governor is most assuredly not what democracy looks like.

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