Mike Tate was re-elected last year at the 2013 Wisconsin State Democratic convention to lead the party again:
Mike Tate was easily re-elected state chair over Joe Kallas.In a party with over 15,000 members and with a million(give or take a few thousand) votes needed to win the Governor's seat, 381 people set the agenda for the 2014 election season.
Tate received 476 votes to 95 for Kallas
That agenda has handed us a party of choice candidate - Mary Burke:
Here is Mike Tate when asked about Mary Burke:
"Should Mary get in and run, she would be an instant frontrunner and potentially clear the field," Mike Tate, the party chairman, told reporters in a conference call.
In response to the above picture:
Gang- I often promote the FB pages of all Dems running for an office, especially higher profile offices. More of a public service. Did the same thing in 2010, 12 and now. Not an endorsement. We promote Democrats running for office. If another serious candidate for Governor announces you’ll see myself and the party do the same thing. If you want someone else to run, go ask them to do so. Additionally there is no primary at this time and isn’t unless someone else enters it. So much as with Tammy Baldwin last year the party will promote Mary’s candidacy and should another serious candidate enter the race would promote that candidates activities too. Don’t remember anyone complaining about us promoting Tammy prior to her receiving full support of the party. No difference here.This from a Democratic Fundraising Letter:
Most notably, in a recent fundraising letter to Democratic Party members, state party chair Mike Tate flatly refers to Mary Burke as “the candidate who is going to win the game” against Gov. Scott Walker.
“We can elect Mary Burke, win Wisconsin back and restore our progressive legacy,” the letter concludes.
When asked about Vinehout, who has done everything but declare her candidacy for Governor:
Sure does not sound like equal support to me. Sounds like someone has picked a side! What does the Constitution of the State Democratic Party say about picking a side?
While calling Vinehout a “phenomenal public servant and intellectual heavyweight,” state Democratic Party chair Mike Tate expressed concern that she would be able to mount an effective campaign, adding that it would be a “great loss to the people of Wisconsin” if she weren’t still in public office in January of 2015.
"The reality is that while we will never have as much money as Scott Walker it is not realistic to believe you can defeat him without running a serious, professional campaign that raises enough money to get the Democratic message out,” Tate said in a statement. “The stakes are too high for our families that are struggling under Scott Walkers policies for anyone to attempt a bid for Governor that will not and cannot raise the money needed to run a grassroots campaign that can communicate with voters at their door, via television, direct mail and the Internet. Modern times require modern campaigns."
I know Mary Burke has received other endorsements and I say good for her. Her job, when she entered the race was to win it. Her securing endorsements, means she is actively campaigning and has a strategy she feels will help her win. I applaud that.ARTICLE VIII – Endorsements of Candidates in Primary Elections
The state organization, congressional district organizations, county organizations, the College Democrats of Wisconsin, the youth caucus, and all other subdivisions at any level of the state organization are prohibited from endorsing or supporting any candidate in a Democratic presidential preference election or any partisan primary election which will determine the candidate of the Democratic Party for the ensuing election to office unless the county or local Democratic group or congressional district recommends a certain candidate (or candidates) be endorsed or supported due to unusual circumstances and these circumstances be submitted in writing to the state Administrative Committee in a timely manner for approval of an endorsement and support of a specific candidate (or candidates) for a specific reason and the Administrative Committee approves said recommendation by a two- thirds majority.Democratic Party of Wisconsin Constitution
That being said, the Mike Tate blatant fawning is inexcusable. There is no doubt who Mike Tate is favoring, and who he is supporting. The head cheerleader routine needs to be explained and it should be explained soon and it should also be stopped. If we do not follow our own Constitution, why have it?
This picking a candidate and then attacking those who support anyone else, comes from the party and trickles throughout the state.
It is up to the party chair to navigate the waters amongst the different factions and beliefs that make up the Democratic party not to foster them.
The Wisconsin Democratic Primary will be held on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014.
At that time, if there is a split within the party, the blame will lie exclusively upon our party chair!