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.