By Malcolm McIntyre
I voted last week on Wednesday. It was quick and painless. I called Marian Mildebrandt, the Town of Brooklyn Town Clerk to confirm that if I did not expect to be in Green Lake on Tuesday (it is still up in the air), I could vote early, and that afternoon. “Sure,” she said. “Come on down.” So I did. Worked well. Marian knows what she is doing.
Strangely, technically, I was “absentee” voting although I was there. Hmm
But I struggled with the choices. Isn’t that the Democratic Party way? Eight people were seeking toi lead the Party into the Nov. 6 general election and most were solid candidates. I filtered out a couple immediately. Josh Pade? Who? Paul Sloglin? Is he really running? Seems like he entered the race and then went home. So it came down to an issue that Dems have struggled (there is that word again) with for years. Do we support the candidate we really like or the one with the best chance of winning?
Over the years I’ve tended to go with the candidate I liked. Most of the time, after the election results were announced I was left disappointed (See Michael Dukakis–hey, I lived in Boston for 14 years). At least I know I am not alone is this struggle. At our regular monthly meeting on Aug. 4, we did a non-scientific poll of the attendees and we were all over the place with our support of the candidates.
The same thing happened with the two candidates for lieutenant governor. Both made strong impressions on us and accordingly, they split our informal votes.
The good thing is there are a lot of qualified Dems running for the governorship and each would bring to the post credentials and experience that would help move our agenda forward. Mahlon Mitchell? He’s a proven leader. Matt Flynn? His agenda is solid and his political experience is stellar. Kelda Roys? Maybe the future of the Democratic Party in Wisconsin. Tony Evers? Statewide name recognition and nobody knows more about education.Kathleen Vinehout? Legislative experience and an out-state candidate. Mike McCabe? Maybe the most progressive candidate, plus he’s a farmer.
So who did I vote for? I’ll be honest. I really, really struggled with this one. I think Tony Evers has the best chance of defeating Scott Walker in November and there are several polls that support this. He may be the most pragmatic of the candidates and I would be shocked if he runs a negative, attack campaign; he is not that type of guy (which may hurt him with some Dems). But I also want to see more women in politics and Kelda Roys is bold and very progressive, especially on issues that resonate with women (and some enlightened men). We need her voice in Madison.
Same with the lieutenant governor candidates. Kurt Kober has a solid business background, and comes from a union family. No silver spoon here. He is articulate, poised, and an aggressive, smart campaigner. Mandela Barnes is similar, but he has legislative experience; he knows how the legislature works (or doesn’t work). Tough choices.
So who did I vote for. Well, here we go. I voted for .…
Oh shoot, my computer is acting funny, It just froze. The Russians? Hey, could be. Guess I’ll have to wait until after the election to tell you.