“Gloves come off” as candidates go after each other
June 20, 2018
[Madison, WI] — With extreme records and no vision for Wisconsin’s future, Democrat candidates for governor are in a dangerous race to the left while desperately attacking one another over their serious flaws – all proving that Democrats can’t be trusted to run Wisconsin.
Democratic gloves come off two months away from primary for Wisconsin governor
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 19, 2018
With fewer than two months before an election that will determine who will challenge Gov. Scott Walker in his bid for a third term, some candidates vying for that spot are turning on each other to distance themselves from the pack.
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and state firefighters union chief Mahlon Mitchell, who also is a Madison firefighter, brought their bargaining table combat into public view Monday during a candidate forum in Milwaukee.
There, Soglin singled out Mitchell by criticizing Mitchell’s support of Uber and of proposed tax incentives for a Fox Valley paper company considering cutting hundreds of jobs, and by telling the audience that in 2011 Mitchell “wrote a suck up letter” to Gov. Scott Walker after the new governor released legislation known as Act 10, which effectively eliminated collective bargaining for most public workers but exempted firefighters.
“No thank you,” Soglin said about Mitchell.
Meanwhile on Friday, Mitchell said the race had reached “a new low” in a Facebook post after opponent Kelda Roys, a former state assemblywoman, sent a fundraising email referencing a Republican website aimed at criticizing the Democratic candidates.
In the email, Roys argued she was the best candidate to get behind because the others had a “clear message against them.” Roys called herself the one candidate in the field who has a “background free from scandal.”
Mitchell interpreted her comment to mean Mitchell’s union affiliation was scandalous because the Republican website Roys used to make her argument calls Mitchell a “union boss.”
“It shows how far some in this race will go to win — but not me,” Mitchell wrote. “I guess my opponent thinks unions are scandalous. I don’t. But as Michelle Obama said, when they go low, we go high.”
And earlier in the week, former Democratic Party of Wisconsin chairman Matt Flynn said State Superintendent Tony Evers adopted “Scott Walker tactics” by proposing tying lawmakers’ pay to what first-year teachers make annually.
“Walker has pitted private sector workers against public sector workers. Now, a fellow Democrat proposes to use the same divide-and-conquer tactics to pit the people against their representatives. I disagree,” Flynn said in a press release.
Evers spokeswoman Maggie Gau said Flynn is “so desperate to distract voters from his connection to the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese child abuse scandal, he’s already stooping to mudslinging and negative campaigning” against Evers.
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