By Jeff Simpson
Jack Craver wrote a story recently about how the lobbyist's in Madison do not even waste their time talking to or trying to lobby democrats anymore.
“I will see every lobbyist who asks to see me unless I have a scheduling conflict because I know they have a job to do and I can get important information,” says state Rep. Terese Berceau, D-Madison.
For Berceau, the problem is that lobbyists have no interest in speaking to her anymore. Their avoidance of her and other Democrats reflects the perception that Republicans will be running the show in Wisconsin for many years to come. Unlike in past years, when the balance of power in the Capitol was more delicate, lobbyists no longer see an incentive to cultivate relationships in both parties.
“There’s been a notable change this year,” Berceau says. “I have always been visited by lobbyists, even when we’re in the minority. They’re not even bothering now.”
I guess when Democratic elected reps are lamenting that lobbyists will not talk to them, we no longer have to ask ourselves why the Democratic base does not come out and vote. That being said, this story clears some things up about the Mary Burke campaign.
Lobbyists have no reason to talk to Democrats anymore because they have no power and the Democratic candidate for Governor's campaign is being run a by a lobbyist. That explains why her speeches appeal more to the republican base than the Democratic base.
It also explains why, when we need to get the base out to the polls and people do not know who Mary Burke is, she spends her valuable time meeting with Kurt Bauer of all people.
If you want to continue your successful and lucrative lobbying business, you need to make sure NOT to ruffle feathers. It is well documented, with the pettiness of the Wisconsin republicans and Scott Walker, that they will punish you if you do not tow the ALEC line!
Just ask Mike Ellis!
Solutions? Simple! Rid your campaign of lobbyist's, and start addressing the real issues in WI. Charles Blow writing in the NY Times addressed it perfectly:
Blow also summed it up perfectly:We should be in a rage over the widespread attempts to disenfranchise voters, from the gutting of the Voting Rights Act to the rise of the Voter ID movement — a near-naked attempt by conservatives to diminish the number of Democratic voters.We should be in a rage over Republican efforts, particularly on the state level, to drag the range of women’s reproductive options back to the 1960s.We should be in a rage over the extraordinary pressures facing ordinary families. According to The New York Times’ Economix blog, college costs have risen over 500 percent since 1985, medical and gas costs more than 300 percent. And, the Pew Research Center reported Tuesday that “in inflation-adjusted dollars, average weekly child care expenses for families with working mothers who paid for child care” rose 70 percent from 1985 to 2011.And yet, a report last week from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that “some 69 percent of the cuts in House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget would come from programs that serve people of limited means.”We should be in a rage over the fact that people in this country can work a full-time job and not earn a living wage. We should be in a rage that this country’s infrastructure is literally crumbling beneath us. The “2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure,” produced by the American Society of Civil Engineers, gave our infrastructure an overall grade of D+ and estimated that $3.6 trillion would be needed by 2020 to fix it.
When will we demand the country we deserve: reflective of its people, protective of its people, simply of its people? When will the young and the poor and the aggrieved and the forsaken walk abreast to the polls and then to the public squares?If we don’t like the government we have, we can change it. If we don’t like the path we’re on, we can alter it.
It is NOT too late to alter the path we are on. Yesterday in Wisconsin, we lost over 1000 well paying jobs throughout the state. It's NOT working and never has.
I am here to Beg Mary Burke to get serious about running a real campaign. One that can actually beat Scott Walker. One that a majority of Democrats and independents are asking and hoping for.
Let's connect with the people of WI and not WMC. Let's explain why Walker has been such a failure, in terms of our ideas not their failures. Let's fire up the base, let there be no doubt or blurred lines on your support for labor, public education and the middle class.
Right now Ms. Burke, you have an army of Wisconsinites ready and willing to follow a leader to victory in November. You signed up for the position, now prove to us you are that leader!
The future of our state depends on it!