In a really well-written piece in the Isthmus, Judith Davidoff notes the lengths Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke is going to to respond to skeptics who believe her run for governor has been completely orchestrated by Wisconsin’s Democratic Party establishment.
Then Biensdell got down to business. There are grassroots activists around the state, he told Burke, who are “concerned that you’re the latest product of the Democratic Party trying to ordain the candidate.”
“What is your relationship there and response to that kind of populist suspicion?” he asked.
Burke, at the moment the only declared Democratic challenger to Walker, rejected any suggestion of a preemptive move by the party establishment.
“The decision I made to get in this race is solely my own,” she said. “It’s not tied to anybody putting me forward. That couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Burke said she entered the race after determining that there was a path to victory. She said she conducted polling that showed she could win and spent a couple of months traveling around the state to see how people felt about her as a candidate. Then she made sure she could put together a strong campaign team and raise the necessary money.
“That’s how I became a candidate for governor,” Burke said firmly.
On a related sidenote, I’ll have my own thoughts on Mary Burke early next week, having had a chance to sit and talk with her about her candidacy and some of the criticisms of her thus far.