After fifteen months of rallies, recalls, and canvassing, the goal Wisconsinites have been pursuing – removing Scott Walker from office – is only a few weeks away. It is really looking as if neither political party has any concept of the real reasons Wisconsin citizens joined together to turn in almost one million signatures to recall our TEApubliCON Governor, 1% Scott Walker.
Political endorsement ads for Tom Barrett show that the national Democratic Party has chosen him as their golden boy. Their reason for this cuts like a sword to grassroots activists, because they are endorsing him for the amount of money he can raise to fend off the millions our Governor has collected for his recall campaign from out of state corporate donors such as the Koch Brothers.
As a Wisconsin Party of Lincoln and Fighting Bob La Follette Republican, I feel that Wisconsin needs to show the rest of the United States that our constitution and laws should not be compromised by any politician who is collecting special interest money. This should apply to both major parties, not just the Republicans.
Grassroots activists did not sit out in the cold, wind, rain and snow to elect another politician whose agenda is dominated by special interest groups. This includes our beloved unions, which blew us all away by endorsing Kathleen Falk before the recall was even certified by the GAB and before their members could weigh in with their votes.
We rank and file members raised our voices loud and clear to ask how it is that a candidate can be endorsed before we even knew who all the candidates were. As more progressive Democrats like Secretary of State Doug La Follette, state senator Kathleen Vinehout, or even Independent Hari Trivedi announced their intentions to run their campaigns solely on small individual donations, we were astonished to see them actually dismissed as irrelevant because there would be no huge war chests amassed by a people based campaign. Thus these candidates could not possibly be contenders in this crucial race.
I was pleasantly surprised by Arthur Kohl-Riggs entering the Republican Primary against Walker as a representative of the progressive Lincoln/La Follette wing of the party. But the supposedly non-partisan We Are Wisconsin groups refused to invite him to our recall candidate meet and greet events. If this is a non-partisan group, why not bring in some rural Republicans to be educated on the candidates from all party platforms? Instead they blew the chance to gain the confidence of voters. They did nothing to quell the suspicions that Democratic Party leadership would attempt to take over this grassroots movement we started during the senate recalls last summer.
Republican, Democrat, Independent, union and non-union – we Wisconsin citizens need to prove that this time money will not determine our politics. We can demonstrate that true feet-to-the-street grassroots activism can recall Scott Walker and bring an end to the Fitzwalkerstan Regime. We can do this, but we need to start right now – TODAY – to promote those candidates who have chosen to answer to the people of Wisconsin rather than to big money and big party interests. We can show that Wisconsin recalls belong to We the People, not to those politicians whose special interest money donors require them to do as they are told.
This is OUR recall folks, not theirs, so start promoting the candidate you really want – instead of the one people are telling you can win – to make it a success!