Shirl LaBarre, three-time failed Tea Party candidate from Hayward, WI, filed recall papers for Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) this morning at the Government Accountability Board Office in Madison, WI. A press release issued on right-wing talk show host Vicki McKenna’s blog states that Citizens for Responsible Government Network (CRG) affiliate CRG Northland will amend its exploratory PAC to become an official Recall PAC. They will back LaBarre on her efforts to recall Jauch after he and Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) introduced their own mining bill last month, which never made it out of the Joint Finance Committee. After a 17-16 vote in the Senate against the amended AB426, the Assembly version of the bill which was passed behind closed doors on January 26, this bill was also sent back to committee to languish.
LaBarre has a long history supporting mining, as well as having mining support her campaigns. Her last failed run for Assembly in 2010 was financed by several groups with special interests in the area, including Cline Mines, parent company of Gogebic Taconite (G-Tac), who recently announced that they were leaving the state after the mining bill was not passed. Another LaBarre backer is RGGS Land & Minerals, the company that is leasing the mineral rights to G-Tac. With the formation of a Recall PAC, these corporations will be free to donate unlimited funds for the recall.
On a recent Facebook page, LaBarre bemoaned that the tribes had contacted the Bureau of Indian Affairs back in February to investigate violation of Federal Treaty Rights. By law, Wisconsin Indian Tribes have the right to co-manage the ceded lands that will impact their reservations. As the failed mining bill made it through the legislative process, treaty rights were violated by both sides of the aisle. From the beginning, none of the tribes were consulted. LaBarre’s Facebook comments here, as well as those of Ashland Realtor Rick Nettleton and Green Bay businessman Don Scherschel reveal what some might construe as racial slurs and disdain for and avoidance of Federal law.
In LaBarre’s rant about how unfair the mining legislation has been to her beleaguered search for “generational jobs,” she fails to mention that all public hearings about the mining bill were decidedly against, and that a mine in the Penokee Hills would create an environmental disaster for the Bad River watershed. Instead, with each piece of evidence brought forth by scientists, LaBarre falls back on the Tea Party rhetoric of claiming the science is just another “scare tactic.”
LaBarre’s baseless concerns brings to mind another failed Tea Party candidate Kim Simac, who ran against Sen. Jim Holperin (D-Conover) in his recall election last August and lost. During the campaign it came out that Simac was the author of a rant on a Tea Party blog comparing American public schools to Nazi Germany. She is also known for her children’s book, With My Rifle By My Side, which was “written for young children to encourage an appreciation and respect for appropriate firearm use.” Perhaps Simac felt her nine children needed protection from the Nazi’s they would encounter at public school.
LaBarre’s also touts her support of recalled Governor Scott Walker, seen here at a 2010 “Go Far With LaBarre” rally when both were still candidates. LaBarre believes that her “social media” driven recall efforts are well underway, when today she received 150 LIKES on her Recall Jauch Facebook page.
Those of us who helped recall Walker will look forward to watching her progress, as she attempts to collect signatures throughout the 25th District, known affectionately as the “Madison of the North.”
Good luck, Ms. LaBarre, something tells us you will need it.
UPDATE: On April 4, 2012, WCMC reporter Barbara With visited the Recall Jauch Facebook page and noted several of her postings listed there. She authored another letter to LaBarre (the first was back in December 2011) and published it to Facebook, asking LaBarre to post it as well on the Recall Jauch page. Shortly afterward, someone sent WCMC an email informing us that Shirl LaBarre had posted this on her Facebook page:
Warning–any person and/or institution and/or Agent and/or Agency of any governmental structure including but not limited to the United States Federal Government also using or monitoring/using this website or any of its associated websites, you do NOT have my permission to utilize any of my profile information nor any of the content contained herein including, but not limited to my photos, and/ or the comments made about my photo’s or any other “picture” art posted on my profile. You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing, disseminating, or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile and the contents herein. The foregoing prohibitions also apply to your employee(s), agent(s), student(s) or a…ny personnel under your direction or control. The contents of this profile are private and legally privileged and confidential information, and the violation of my personal privacy is punishable by law.
It is recommended that other members post a similar notice to this or you may copy and paste this one. Thank you.
We have removed the screenshot of LaBarre’s Facebook page where she is expressing impatience with the Bureau of Indian Affairs for stepping in to investigate possible violations to Treaty Rights, as well as the follow-up derogatory comments by two other community members concerning Native Americans. We have also removed the picture of LaBarre with Governor Walker.
The reporter for the story would like to invite Ms. LaBarre to post anything and everything found here, or on her personal Facebook page, to any of the LaBarre’s pages, blogs, emails, letters, or press releases. This includes but is not limited to photos, videos, “picture” art, or comments. This permission to repost articles, words, thoughts, images and videos extends to your family, friends, political representatives, employee(s), hair dresser, masseuse, your children’s teacher, your garbage collector, church member, your local plumber’s union, and your little dog, too.