OPINION: It was a struggle to decide who to vote for; there are a lot of good candidates, but here is how I voted

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.

Sor­ry.