From an email sent out by the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Falk titled “Shattering glass” comes this passage:
As you know, the campaign we built together isn’t a campaign of political insiders or elected officials. I’m happy to have support of my colleagues, too, but this is a grassroots campaign of labor, of women, of environmentalists, of progressives, of community organizers.
My friend Tom Barrett has gone a different route and focused on winning the endorsements of many key elected officials across Wisconsin. These endorsements are based on one thing and one thing only — they believe he can win and I cannot.
These establishment politicians think that a woman from Dane County who is supported by progressive groups, the grassroots and labor cannot win.
As I’ve noted on this very blog, the Falk campaign’s assertion that hers isn’t a campaign of political insiders or elected officials is an absolute farce, given the number of seasoned political insiders who work for Falk’s campaign and the number of elected officials that have endorsed her campaign. However, putting aside the fact that Falk’s assertion that her campaign isn’t a campaign of political insiders is a sham, I take issue with Falk’s assertion that the “establishment politicians” think she can’t win the recall election against Republican Gov. Scott Walker because of her gender.
I have yet to see or hear a single elected official in Wisconsin make the case that Kathleen Falk cannot win a recall election against Scott Walker because she’s a woman, and I’m disappointed that Kathleen Falk and her campaign would pull out the “gender card” in an attempt to paint those who’ve been critical of her chances to win as being sexist. I’m among those who’ve been critical of Kathleen Falk’s chances in a recall election against Scott Walker, and my assessment of Falk’s chances against Walker have absolutely nothing to do with Falk’s gender and everything to do with Falk’s record as Dane County Executive, her statewide electoral history, and the inevitable (and too-easy) Republican attacks on Falk as a puppet of AFSCME and WEAC, based on their extremely early endorsements of Falk and the perception that she’s the hand-picked candidate of those unions.
It’s disappointing (not to mention cynical) that Kathleen Falk’s campaign would interject gender into the Democratic gubernatorial primary while asserting that sexism is the reason many doubt her electability, while in the process using gender and sexism to attack a fellow Democrat.