Mike Tate was accused early on of endorsing Mary Burke for Governor. Tate felt that the criticism was unfair and issued a statement:
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.
Well, there is another Democrat on the ticket, Brett Hulsey, and Mike Tate and the rest of the party has done their best to freeze him out. Brett Hulsey wants and deserves a chance to speak at the upcoming Democratic convention but is not being allowed to.
As Mike Tate himself said:
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 soWell Mike, another Democrat is running for Governor and as head of the Democratic party will you live up to your own words and allow him to speak at the convention or have you shown us that your word is not to be believed ever again?
I also want to be perfectly clear that this is not an endorsement for Hulsey for Governor, but a sign of respect for someone who not only collected the required amount of signatures to run for office, but also has served as an elected Democratic official for many years.
Let Hulsey Speak!