Louis Weisberg from the Wisconsin Gazette has an excellent article about Millie Coby and Laura Manriquez, two “Democrats” who are vying to unseat progressive Democrats with the help of conservatives like Scott Suder and Scott Jensen.
State Reps. JoCasta Zamarripa and Sandy Pasch, along with their supporters, charge that their Democratic primary opponents’ views are more in line with Republicans than with mainstream Democrats.
Laura Manriquez, who hopes to unseat Zamarripa in the 8th Assembly District, calls herself a “lifetime Democrat.” But she has the backing of Scott Suder, the right-wing Republican Majority Leader of the Assembly.
Manriquez touts Suder’s support as evidence she can work in a bipartisan spirit to get things done. She denies his Tea Party connections, even though he’s a headline speaker at Tea Party meetings around the state and has consistently voted with Gov. Scott Walker.
Pasch’s leading challenger in the 10th Assembly District is Millie Coby, who filled out a questionnaire for Equality Wisconsin in which she linked gays and lesbians to pedophilia. She refuses to take a stance on choice, and she’s a licensed minister in the fundamentalist Church of God in Christ, as well as a member of Christian Faith Fellowship Church, whose pastor is stridently anti-gay.
Opponents say both Coby and Manriquez are receiving support from the American Federation for Children, a right-wing group that supports a school voucher system giving parents government money to pay private school tuition. Public education supporters like Pasch believe this would decimate the current system by draining scarce funds from already strapped public schools for private and parochial school coffers.