By Jeff Simpson
Everyone knows that the Democrats do not have a candidate yet for Governor. Some people think it is a good strategy to wait as long as possible to declare, and some of us think that we need to get candidates out early talking to voters since we have a decided money disadvantage.
However I think we are missing the boat on potential candidates so let me bring one to the forefront!
Mandela Barnes for Governor!
Mandela Barnes was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from John Marshall High School. He went on to attend Alabama A&M University and after college he became an organizer and moved back home to Milwaukee. He had served in a number of capacities before being elected, including the Mayor's office and as a youth and workforce development specialist. In 2012, he was awarded with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin's "Grassroots Organizer of the Year" award.
On November 6th, 2012, Mandela was elected to represent the 11th Assembly District
Plus, Representative Barnes has been there. He has spent time on Food stamps and has not forgotten!
State Rep. Mandela Barnes (D-Milwaukee) says he keeps a reminder of his days receiving food stamps.
Barnes was interviewed last week by liberal Madison-area talk show host John "Sly" Sylvester about statements made by state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), who said food stamps were making some young people dependent on government.
"When I was on food stamps, I had a job. And I tell people that all the time. I am not ashamed to say that there was a time where I received food stamps," Barnes said on WEKZ-FM (97.3).
"I still have my Quest card, actually, in my bathroom, so when I wake up and brush my teeth in the morning, I'm reminded it was not that long ago that I was in that position.
"That's why I feel my opinion is very valid. I was employed when I received food stamps. My hours were cut at the job that I was working. And the funny thing is, the place I worked provided job training, which is the irony of it all."
Listen to his interview with SLY here