By Jeff Simpson
On the heels of declared Democratic candidates, Mark Struble and Kirk Bangstad, suspendng their campaigns, I heard privately from another declared candidate for the State Assembly, that he was also thinking of suspending his campaign.
It seems that he has been beating his head against the wall trying to get some help from the State Party and even the elected Dems. It is a daunting task with help and practically impossible without it.
Having complained before about lack of action or competence within the party, I have been told to make sure and email them and ask questions and bring concerns and they will respond.
I did that to no response from the party.
Apparently they were busy doing something close to nothing, but different than the day before.
Since I have no response from the party and this is an opinion piece, let me offer my opinion.
With the very real threat of a political "consultant" from a firm with Republican ties and who has a track record of losing, taking over the job of Chair of the Democratic Party, many activists(as they have been known to do(see Barrett, Tom - recall election), paniced and felt that Martha Laning was the perfect mix of new Democrat and centrist needed to win.
Martha Laning is in way over her head(quick tell me the last time you saw her in the news).
Ms. Laning kept most of the same staff that helped turn Wisconsin from solid blue to dark red for a long time, thus stymying her ability to get anything new done. Then when many of them left to the Chris Abele(D -in disguise) campaign, she had the ability to hire her own people.
She failed at that, as if you look at her staff, you see retread after retread. It appears if you work on one campaign, you have a job in politics for life, regardless of the outcomes. If you look at the staff, you will see the resumes loaded with failed races upon anonymous wins.
We are now a year away from what will probably be the biggest election in our lifetime. While the Republicans have gerrymandered the state, they have also governed it in an extreme far right way, passing bad policy upon horrible policy for WI.
It is also a Presidential year where Democrats typically bring voters to the booth and perform well up and down the ticket(watch the debates and you see no reason why that can not be true again in 2016).
If we are ever to capture the State Senate, some seats in the Assembly, and possibly a seat or two in the House(I am already counting on a Feingold win), this is THE YEAR.
Unfortunately it looks like everyone in a position of power in the Democratic party (from the State party, to the local electeds) are perfectly comfortable being safely in the minority, and have no interest in changing that or bringing new ideas into the fold or new people into the legislature.
It is sad really for people who need insurance, for our children who need a quality education, for our formerly world class educational institutions and many many others in WI.
At least the Bucks will have a new arena at some point.
Back to the reality of extremists rule with no opposition party in WI. At this point I do not now that it is fixable anymore.
Fighting Bob would be rolling over in his grave!