Earlier today former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager announced her endorsement of the Congressional campaign of Kelda Roys in the second Congressional district, citing Pocan’s sexist remarks about Roys as one of the reasons for her endorsement.
“Perhaps the most important lesson we can learn from recent elections in our state is that voters are unwilling to settle for ‘politics as usual’,” said Lautenschlager. “Kelda’s work as an attorney, advocate, and legislator show she has the strength of character and commitment to ideals to be anything but ‘politics as usual.’
The former Attorney General’s choice to endorse was influenced by Mark Pocan’s recent comments in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in which he dismissed Roys’ record and experience, saying “But at this point, you have to crawl before you walk and walk before you run.”
“Tragically, we live in a political climate where it is commonplace for men to belittle the accomplishments of women who run for office. Nonetheless, I was dumbfounded by the sexist remarks of Representative Pocan about his opponent, Representative Roys. Kelda Roys is a remarkably talented and intelligent woman who, as an attorney, legislative leader, and former head of a statewide advocacy group, has already made her mark on society. Citizens of the Second Congressional District would be well-served by all she brings to the table.”
There’s no denying Peg Lautenschlager is a solid progressive, and perhaps if her endorsement came two months before the August 14 primary instead of two weeks before the primary, it would have had more of an impact, but at this point it seems like too little, too late.