Earlier today Harriet Callier, one of the four Democratic candidates vying to serve as the next Representative for the 10th Assembly District, issued a press release announcing her withdrawal from that race. In her press release, Callier encouraged her supporters to support Millie Coby and asserted State Rep. Sandy Pasch is a “hate-filled extremist,” citing her belief that Rep. Pasch has supported race-baiting and race hate speech during the campaign.
My experience with PASCH leading up to and during this campaign borders on that of the most hate-filled extremist. Too often I measure life responses by the repressive work of Gov. George Wallace of Alabama. The staged work of PASCH and her supporters—while more visibly aimed at the community— appears to be directly from the pages of Wallace’s worst playbook. I question Milwaukeeans who oppose the work of John Spooner and in the same breath, support what PASCH has said, done and allowed to be done on her behalf—to win an election at any costs.
Harriet Callier is absolutely right that race-baiting and race hate speech “destroys lives and opportunities of hope,” but she seems to have confused Sandy Pasch with Elizabeth Coggs, who most definitely engaged in race-baiting when she told a crowd of mostly black voters they should, “vote for someone that looks like you.”
If anyone has inserted race squarely into the 10th AD race, it would be Elizabeth Coggs and Harriet Callier, both of whom (along with State Sen. Lena Taylor) are supporters of Millie Coby. In fact, Coby’s campaign issued a statement from Coby saying she was “honored to have the support of Harriet Callier,” so one can only presume Coby supports Harriet Callier’s blatant attempt to continue to make the election in the 10th AD all about race and less about issues – which isn’t surprising considering Coby can’t even be bothered to note the issues she’d work on if elected on her campaign’s website.
In response to the attacks against her by supporters of Millie Coby’s campaign, Rep. Pasch issued a statement condemning the attacks as baseless while touting her record of “fighting to create family-‐sustaining jobs, improve public education, and increase access to affordable healthcare.”
As Dan Cody rightly noted, when you have a candidate who will make up and say whatever it takes to win, they usually prove to be terrible elected officials.