Independent Mike ‘I’ve never belonged to a party’ McCabe is running for Governor of Wisconsin as a Democrat. He admits that he doesn’t belong to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. But he’s in a snit because the DPW won’t bend the rules for him and give him access to the DPW’s voter and membership database. Well Duh! He thinks he’s Bernie Sanders…and Mike, I know Bernie Sanders…and you’re no Bernie Sanders.

Here’s the gist from The Cap Times:

McCabe, a political activist who prides himself on never having belonged to a political party, entered the Democratic primary for governor in September. He said in an interview last month that once he decided to run for governor, he chose the path that would allow him to make the biggest difference, rather than running as an independent or third-party candidate.

In doing so, he emulated Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who ran as a Democrat in the 2016 presidential primary. Had Sanders not run as a Democrat, McCabe argued, he likely would have fared about as well as Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who earned 1 percent of the popular vote.

In a news release sent on Wednesday, McCabe campaign manager Christine Welcher said the state Democratic Party had first ignored, then refused requests from the campaign to access the party’s statewide voter and member lists.

In a news release sent on Wednesday, McCabe campaign manager Christine Welcher said the state Democratic Party had first ignored, then refused requests from the campaign to access the party’s statewide voter and member lists.

Welcher said McCabe believes the lists should be offered to candidates at no charge, but his offer to purchase them was also declined.

I have been watching Mr. McCabe’s campaign with a bit of curiosity on where it will go and what he may accomplish. I haven’t formed an opinion yet but if he’s going to start the campaign playing victim and antagonizing the DPW, he’s not scoring points with me. As a card carrying member of the DPW, I say pay up and get with it. Don’t buy a latte for a couple of days and you are there…party membership is a whopping $25 per year.

And given to candidates free of charge? Believe me $25 per membership doesn’t pay for them…and there’s no reason candidates’ campaigns shouldn’t. Even when I ran for Milwaukee School Board…although a non-partisan election…being a member and paying for access to the voter database was a key element to running a campaign. All he needs to do is pony up.

But this gets even more zany as you read through his rant:

In an email, McCabe said he is “not sure how they define being a member of the party,” adding that he filed a declaration of candidacy as a Democrat and formed a campaign committee as a Democrat.

I didn’t bother looking but I am pretty sure it says right on their website…become a member…send us $25. After playing victim…playing ignorant isn’t winning friends and influencing people either.

P.S. MIKE! Listen to yourself and heed your own advice. Just sayin:

Had Sanders not run as a Democrat, McCabe argued, he likely would have fared about as well as Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who earned 1 percent of the popular vote.

3 Responses to WI Gubernatorial Candidate Mike McCabe Picks a Fight With Democratic Party

  1. Edward Susterich says:

    In my time I have volunteered for various Democratic candidates and more than once the party hierarchy made it quite obvious that the “chosen” one would receive party help with voter lists and volunteer support. All others need not apply.

    It’s not just at state level but the national Democratic organization is also rotten to the core. Sanders won Wisconsin, but how did the Wisconsin delegate and “Superdelegates” vote at the 2016 convention? So much for election popular vote results!

    The antics of Donna Brazile, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, John Podesta, et.al., leave a lingering stench in the Democratic party that contines to this day.

    A little off subject…but related– If you have contacted Sen. Baldwin or Rep. Moore about an issue and received only a generic boilerplate reply (a NON-response)? These two are totally unresponsive and undeserving of re-election.

    Then of coarse– how can anyone have any respect for the Clintons and their corruption that bloated the coffers of their foundation.

    Draining the swamp of the Democratic party is overdue.

    For me, I support Mike McCabe, and the check is in the mail.

    • onevote says:

      Very observant response, as WE are the ones that actually do the voting, and need a real reason to go out and vote.

      Donna Brazile (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3W2GIZ8rN0) at least is revealing the problem with Dem voting in 2016, but at this point don’t know if the DNC will do anything about it, or how it will help our Wisconsin Democratic Party. If you look at the DPW records, it seems that the only real reason that our DPW exists is at the pleasure of the DNC. I’m no lawyer, but this seems to be a bad situation, when you have to place your trust in DNC versus placing your trust in our DPW (which is greatly controlled at the behest of the DNC).

      Best to donate directly to your personal choice of candidate, rather than trust the Party mechanism to do what your money is intended to go for.

  2. lufthase says:

    DPW is shooting itself in the foot here. They’ve put this huge emphasis on canvassing and improving the voter data. McCabe volunteers are gonna canvass either way… so they might as well be improving DPW’s voter data while they’re at it.
    All this does is make DPW look dumb and out of touch (and more like the DNC).

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