Democratic Assembly candidate Jack Redmond: Why is Jessie Rodriguez silent about her support for Donald Trump?

From my email inbox comes this press release from Democratic State Assembly candidate Jack Redmond, the challenger to incumbent Republican State Rep. Jessie Rodriguez. In the release Redmond questions why Rep. Rodriguez has remained silent about her support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Here’s the full release.

OAK CREEK, WI – During Sunday’s Presidential debate, Republican candidate Donald Trump stated – “Nobody has more respect for women than I do.”

Candidate for Wisconsin Assembly District 21, Jack Redmond, has this official response:
“Donald Trump is a liar. His monstrous statements revealed last week are shocking and promote violence against women. I married my high school sweetheart Margie, and raised two daughters with Wisconsin values – honoring hard-work, sacrifice and cultivating a sense of duty to one’s neighbor. For 7 years I chaperoned Oak Creek High School marching band events for my kids. I encouraged them to excel at track and cross-country, promising them their focus and dedication were the only limits to their success. My wife worked her tail off: she was a bus driver, a paralegal and a armored car driver throughout the years. Anyway that you look at it, my wife Margie respects women more than Donald Trump.

As parents we sacrificed for decades to save and help pay for college, and because of their commitment and guts, both my daughters marched Big Ten football fields as proud Badgers in the UW-Madison Marching Band. For 17 years, for seventeen Christmas Eves, I was knocking on doors with UPS until 9pm to deliver last-minute packages, suffering through coughs and colds during the Holidays so folks could share Holiday cheer with their kids and loved ones. I told my girls that if they wanted to be Generals, astronauts, lawyers, professors, doctors or entrepreneurs – there was no ceiling to their achievements. I respect women more than Donald Trump. I’m shocked to share a ballot with this buffoon.

I’ve knocked on thousands of doors since last Winter, talking to voters and neighbors about changing the way Madison does business. Folks are constantly asking me: Does Representative Jessie Rodriguez support Donald Trump? Rep. Rodriguez has recently turned down a forum with South Milwaukee parents, and has refused to debate or discuss in public our contrasting views.

Why is Rep Rodriguez silent about her support for Donald Trump? My team has produced and marketed a campaign video to show our total disgust with the Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump – and we’ve received over 10,000 Facebook video views from district voters we’ve targeted.”

Is Rodriguez with Team Trump? – Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMjw0hv25Mw

Report: three women accuse Donald Trump of touching them inappropriately

Another day, another account of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior.

Donald Trump is facing a blizzard of fresh allegations of boorish physical behavior, days after denying during Sunday’s presidential debate that he had ever groped women.

At least three women came forward in stories published Wednesday to say — on the record — that the Republican nominee had touched them inappropriately.

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In an explosive new report by The New York Times, two woman said that Trump made unwanted sexual advances during incidents decades apart. His campaign is denying the story as “fiction.”

A third woman, 36-year-old Mandy McGillivray, accused Trump, in an interview with the Palm Beach Post, of grabbing her posterior 13 years ago. The Trump campaign has not commented on that allegation.

Also Wednesday, CBS News unearthed footage from a 1992 “Entertainment Tonight” Christmas special that shows Trump talking to a young girl on an escalator at Trump Tower, then turning to the camera to say, “I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?”

Earlier, BuzzFeed reported that four women who participated in Trump’s Teen USA beauty pageants said he would frequently barge into their dressing areas as they were changing.

C’mon conservative supporters of Donald Trump – defend this behavior. Defend your nominee!

Go Back To Africa

Go back to Africa…a little bit if vitriol that should never have survived into the 21st Century.

Go back to Africa…something I wouldn’t be writing about except it’s being re-voiced by supporters of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Go back to Africa…being said to people whose ancestors have been Americans for generations…in most cases far longer than the familial lines of the racists who are shouting it.

Go back to Africa…go back to what? these people are wholly Americans!

And the response in some of the videos I’ve seen have included Go back to Europe…which often leaves the racists sputtering and only able to shout back F*ck You! But that isn’t equal…not by a long shot…my ancestors came here voluntarily…could settle anywhere they wanted…and could return home if they desired. They weren’t torn from their families and communities and culture and sold to slavers. If they were lucky enough to survive the journey to America they were trapped under institutional slavery. So by no means does Go back to Europe carry the weight that Go back to Africa bears.

The only maybe benefit coming out of the Trump campaign is the nakedness of racism and xenophobia in America being exposed for all thinking people to see. That we aren’t a post racial society…we haven’t yet attained the land of the free and the home of the brave…not by a long shot.

Go Back To Africa…when someone says that: they OWN Slavery.

When liberals behave badly (and that’s an understatement)

Though I’ve been a critic of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she vies for the Democratic presidential nomination this year, I’ve tried be critical without delving into personal attacks and name calling.

Unfortunately, too many of my fellow progressive don’t share my belief in spirited yet respectful discussion/disagreement/dialogue regarding Clinton, as evidenced by a recent Facebook post by Wisconsin progressive Mark Balwinski.

Image via Facebook
Image via Facebook

Not surprisingly, Balwinski’s Facebook post stirred up some very strong feelings, with many of his Facebook friends asking that he apologize for his incendiary and misogynistic language, but as I write this Balwinski has refused to remove, edit, or apologize for his language.

While I appreciate that passions are running high for supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, there are some lines that simply shouldn’t be crossed, and using the kind of language Mark Balwinski used is one of those lines.

Should Carly Fiorina Be In Tonight’s Debate?

Because she didn’t meet the criteria for tonight’s GOP Debate on ABC, Carly Fiorina is being excluded from the debate. This really doesn’t make a lot of sense because she’s about the only candidate still standing who’s not attending…and quite frankly her campaign isn’t any more dormant than Kasich, Christie or Carson at this point. So what’s the deal?

Anyway, here’s some other insight:

To a lot of the Republican Party leadership, Fiorina’s exclusion doesn’t make sense. 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney tweeted, “Hey @ABC: put @CarlyFiorina on the debate stage! She got more Iowa votes than John and Chris. Don’t exclude only woman,” setting off a Twitter storm of support from Newt Gingrich, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Nebraska rising star Sen. Ben Sasse, state party chair Jennifer Horn, and primary candidates Ted Cruz and Ben Carson. But the national Party, possibly mindful of the fact that the Growth and Opportunity Project report also concluded that in the 2012 cycle voters were overwhelmed by a “ridiculous” number of debates, and content to let whatever blame is cast fall squarely on sponsor NBC (sic), has declined to get involved.

And from Ms. Fiorina herself:

“If ABC and the RNC don’t change their minds they’re not dissing me, they’re dissing New Hampshire,” Fiorina said Friday, where she was appearing at an addiction recovery round table in Manchester. (Fiorina lost a stepdaughter to drug addiction.) “I earned my way on this stage when Iowa voted. We don’t need polls when we have votes.”

My opinion? She’s as viable a candidate as at least four of the others who will be on stage…at this point it would be a bigger plus than minus to have included her. So I say let her play!

Last word:

“The RNC put out an autopsy report after the 2012 elections,” he (Ovide Lamontagne: brought in to run the NH Fiorina campaign) notes. The Growth and Opportunity Project report concluded that the Republican Party “needs to stop talking to itself” and make a concerted effort to connect with minority voters and women. “This is the first woman ever to run in the [Republican] New Hampshire primary,” Lamontagne explains. “And now we’re not smart enough to make sure she’s on the stage.”

Apparently College Republicans think women are dumb

Watch this ad put out by the College Republican National Committee on behalf of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Now I’m not sure which brain surgeon at the College Republican National Committee thought that an ad talking down to women by comparing their decision on who to vote for to their decision on which wedding dress to pick, but this ad reeks of the kind of tone-deaf sexism that should only serve to alienate women.