And now there is one. Yesterday, Tony Evers, who was our headliner last month at the July Green Lake Co. Dems & Friends meeting, has emerged as the guy to take down Scott Walker.
Evers, who had been favored to win the eight-person partisan primary election, came away with 224,544 or 41.7 percent of the votes. Mahlon Mitchell was second with 88,090 or 16.4 percent. Kelda Roys was third with 68,965 or 12.8 percent.
In all, 537,840 votes were cast in the Democratic Party partisan primary on Aug. 14.
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 Koberhas 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.
If you missed the candidate forum last week that featured seven of the eight Dems seeking the Democratic Party nod to oppose incumbent Gov. Scott Walker in the ballot in November, we have a link to the forum here. The forum, on Wednesday night, was sponsored by WORT (89.9-FM) (Madison’s community radio station), The Progressive Magazine, and Isthmus . Please note that the video is not well edited and the first 15 minutes of it can be skipped. The candidate introductions start at the 15 minute mark.
This one was also not easy for those attending the regular monthly meeting of the Green Lake Co. Dems & Friends. With only two candidates in the running for the party’s nod for lieutenant governor in the partisan primary on Aug. 14–Mandela Barnes and Kurt Kober–the “favored status” designation should not have been difficult.
But it was, and as it was for the attendees who debated the pros and cons of the candidates seeking the governor’s seat, there was no consensus on Barnes and Kober. Ah, such is the Democratic Party in 2018.
To help you decide which candidate to support we’re providing links below to their Facebook Pages and website.
Click on the images above and to the right to visit Kurt Kober’s campaign Facebook Page and website.
Click on the images above and to the right to visit the Mandela Barnes campaign Facebook Page and website.
We all agree: we can’t agree on who should be our party’s choice to stand for election this Nov.6 against incumbent Gov. Scott Walker.
At our regular monthly Aug. 4 meeting at the Caestecker Public Library, we decided to ask the 25 or so people in attendance who they planned to vote for in the upcoming Aug. 14 partisan primary election. We agreed that if someone was not comfortable contributing to the process they did not have to participate, but most did in a spirited and passionate dialog.
And the results were all over the place. No one candidate seemed to have a preponderance of support. In fact, multiple members spoke in favor of Tony Evers, Mahlon Mitchell, Matt Flynn, Kelda Roys, Kathleen Vinehout, and Mike McCabe. Only Paul Soglin and Josh Pade failed to gain some verbal support.
In every case, members had heard, in person, from all of these candidates. Either at one of the 4-Co Candidate Forums that have been held over the course of the last year, or in some other venue. Most of the members in attendance know who Soglin is, but he has not ventured out to our area, which may have hindered his effort to gain support. No one expressed support for Pade who has probably had the least exposure of any of the candidates.
There was also considerable discussion about whether members should vote on Aug. 14 for the candidate they liked best or the one they felt had the best chance to topple Walker. Here too there was no consensus, but considerable discussion on both options.
There was a consensus, however, that the Green Lake Co. Dems & Friends will support completely whomever is the winner.
Note: Organization policies prohibit us from endorsing any candidate running in a partisan primary.
Here is another terrific resource for you and your family, friends, associates, etc: The Wisconsin Eye website has a growing collection of videos featuring many, but not all, of the candidates running for office on Aug. 14. Included are candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, the U.S. Senate, the congressional offices, and for the Wisconsin state secretary and state treasurer. The collection includes videos from candidate forums and both state party conventions. Finally, there are videos featuring some of the state senate and assembly races. These videos are invaluable because they are not carefully controlled, scripted or edited by the candidates themselves.
Read an article from Wisconsin Public Radio on the recent debate among the eight Democrats vying to become the party’s standard bearer on Aug. 6 in the partisan primary election. The winner will take on incumbent Republican Gov, Scott Walker on Nov. 6 in the general election. Tony Evers, in photo above, leads the field of Democrat candidates, according to a poll conducted by Marquette University.
It is a dirty job but someone has to do it, I guess.
Someone has to show up at appearances by political candidates in the hope that he or she will somehow slip up, both literally and figuratively.
Saturday night, at the rally for Tammy Baldwin in Berlin, at Riverside Park, the guy on he left in the photo above was there to record everything Tammy said or did.
He’s a tracker and sad to say, in the political world he is not an abnormality.
Both sides (Dems and Republicans) do this, but only selectively.
In kind of perverse way, is a sign the other side fears you.
Saturday night, once several of the Dems attending the rally noticed him and his video camera, they confronted him.
He was polite, but also resolute. He had the right, he told them, to be there and to record the event. He was right. Legally the rally was a public event. He could not, however, invade the pavillion that was reserved by the rally’s hosts: the Adams, Green Lake, Marquette, and Waushara County Democratic Parties.
Still, his presence upset some of those there to meet and greet Baldwin so they strategically placed themselves between his camera and Baldwin.
It was a way of fighting back.
It worked, to a degree. Anyone viewing the video won’t see much of the U.S. Senator.
But, like a good tracker, this guy hung in there, even filming Tammy as she walked to her car at the end of the rally.
Why would he do that? He hoped to see her slip or stumble or in some way do something that if pulled out of context could be used to embarrass her.
Like I wrote earlier; being a tracker is a dirty job. It is also disgusting, sleazy, and revolting. Given that, what does it say about people who do this?
Note, we know who the guy is, but unlike him, we aren’t in the business of trying to belittle or embarrass people so we aren’t publishing his name.