Candidates for governor resort to petty antics and anger hoping voters notice them
June 14, 2018
[Madison, WI] — Wisconsin Democrats running for governor are desperate for voters to notice them – and their behavior is showing it. Their outrageous actions seem to get more bizarre as time goes on, and they continue to struggle to make inroads with Wisconsinites.
Check out the story from Christian Schneider in National Reviewhereor find excerpts below.
Democrats running for governor are not only in a dangerous race to the left – it’s a race to the bottom:
Mahlon Mitchell came ready with a joke.
At the outset of Mitchell’s presentation to a room of transportation-funding advocates in early May, the aspiring challenger to Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s Republican governor, explained that his wife was “a romantic, sort of.” He offered to share one of the texts she had sent him.
“She said, ‘If you are sleeping, send me your dreams. If you are laughing, send me your smile. If you’re eating, send me a bite.’”
Mitchell continued to build, slowly, toward the payoff.
“If you’re drinking, send me a sip. If you are crying, send me your tears. I love you.”
With the crowd presumably in his hands, Mitchell read his response to his wife.
“I’m taking a sh**. What do I do?”
The joke, with which Mitchell had previously regaled other groups, landed in the room full of agricultural, manufacturing, and tourism professionals like a sock full of peanut butter. Yet such coarseness has become standard procedure in a crowded primary election in which challengers are gasping for the public’s attention.
Mike McCabe, a former “good government” activist who suggested he would rent the governor’s mansion out to travelers on Airbnb, began his campaign by promising to end Walker’s “golden-shower economics.” Businessman Andy Gronik, who received a settlement of more than $6 million in a lawsuit he filed claiming a house he had purchased had given him an inflammatory-bowel disorder, told a debate crowd that he couldn’t wait to “hit” Walker. And on the same rainy day Mahlon Mitchell dropped his scatological stylings on the transportation group, state school superintendent Tony Evers joined a group in Madison protesting cuts to the state’s university system and told the group Walker’s cuts were “bullsh**.”
No candidate has been more desperate for exposure — in the most literal sense — than former state assemblywoman Kelda Roys, who in one of her campaign videos breastfed her child while discussing her proposal to ban the chemical Bisphenol A, which is often used in bottles and cups. In interviews, Roys has said the moment was fully spontaneous, claiming her husband just happened to hand her the crying child as she sat in front of the camera discussing her legislative agenda relating to children.
But the video, released just days after a statewide poll showing less than 1 percent of respondents planned to vote for Roys in the primary election, careened through the social-media sphere, even catching the attention of The Today Show.
For Roys, the 2018 campaign is an attempt at political redemption: She was last seen losing a Madison-area congressional primary by a margin that would impress Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro. In 2012, Roys ran against popular über-liberal assemblyman Mark Pocan for a seat being vacated by Tammy Baldwin, who was running for the U.S. Senate. During the primary, Roys puzzlingly tried to tie the staunchly progressive Pocan to the Koch brothers and, at an LGBT-pride parade in Madison, tried to one-up Pocan (who is gay) by suggesting she and her “partner” had to flee to Iowa to be married. Roys, as we have seen, is straight, and her “partner” is now her husband.
“She was clearly trying to represent herself as a member of the LGBT community,” Katie Belanger, the executive director of the LGBT-rights organization Fair Wisconsin, said at the time.
But Walker should be heartened by the group of vulgar goofballs seeking to wrest the office from him. Some Democrats may believe their level of coarseness will set them apart, but they may instead see their hopes go down the drain.
Read the full story from National Reviewhere.