Apparently the Republican Party of the 4th Congressional district really thinks Democratic Congressional candidate Gary George, who’s challenging incmbent Rep. Gwen Moore, is their kind of Democrat:
No doubt the Republican Party of the 4th Congressional district’s support for Gary George is based on their understanding that Dan Sebring, their preferred candidate, can’t beat Gwen Moore in November, while George may be seen as more vulnerable if he were the Democratic candidate in the fall.
That will be the question for Wisconsin Republicans at next month’s convention.
Earlier this month, the party’s Resolutions Committee voted in favor of a proposal that says the state party “supports legislation that upholds Wisconsin’s right, under extreme circumstances, to secede.”
A version of the so-called “state sovereignty” resolution was first OK’d last month by one of the state GOP’s eight regional caucuses as an assertion of the state’s 10th Amendment rights. The measure also calls for ending all mandates that go “beyond the scope of the constitutionally delegated powers of the federal government.”
Top Republican officials hoped to kill the fringe proposal during a meeting of the resolutions panel at the Hyatt Hotel in Milwaukee on April 5. Instead, the committee made a few edits to the resolution and adopted it on a split vote.
Now, the matter will go for final approval to the delegates attending the state Republican Party’s convention in Milwaukee on May 2-4.
And once again, Graeme Zielinski sums up my thoughts on this move by Wisconsin’s Republican Party best.
Given all the men that Wisconsin sent to die for union, it's utterly disgusting that @WisGOP would even allow a vote for secession.
And as Charles Pierce wrote for Esquire, it’s constitutional heresy to suggest our state’s secession from our nation, and the fact that Scott Walker didn’t roundly condemn this measure says a lot about how deathly afraid he is of standing up to extremists within his own party.
Records show that the state Republican Party has had on its payroll for the last couple of years a staffer with a felony count of possessing child pornography.
Alexander Combs, a former counselor at a Mukwonago co-ed camp, was hired by the state party to work in its Madison headquarters as a part-time fundraiser in March 2011, just one year after his felony conviction. He has been paid a little more than $41,000 by the party since landing the job, say campaign records.
Contacted Tuesday, the head of the state Republican Party said he had no knowledge of Combs’ criminal record. Combs was fired less than an hour later.
I suppose I should be surprised that the Republican Party of Wisconsin employed a convicted sex offender for over two years, but I’m not, because nothing (no matter how bizarre) surprises me when it comes to who Republicans choose to employ – or use as props, in the case of the sex offender Gov. Scott Walker gave a “shout-out” to at the State of the State address.
Earlier today, the Republican Party of Wisconsin fired off a press release attacking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke for not having a job creation plan just two months into her campaign.
Two months into her “No Promises” campaign, Millionaire Mary Burke still has no plan for job creation in the state.
“A candidate running for statewide office should have a plan for helping the private sector create jobs, yet Burke has completely failed in that department,” said Jesse Dougherty, Republican Party of Wisconsin Press Secretary.
Admittedly, I’ve been a critic of Burke’s “no promises” campaign strategy, but the Republican Party of Wisconsin attacking her for not having a jobs plans reeks of rank hypocrisy. After all, during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign Gov. Scott Walker, the standard-bearer for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, put forth a jobs “plan” that promised to create 250,000 jobs in Wisconsin during his first term in office. In the face of flagging job creation numbers, Gov. Walker has since retracted that promise, as seen in this video.
Just in case anyone actually believe Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke really is/was a Democrat, Sheriff Clarke will be the keynote speaker at an event later today sponsored by the Republican Party of Wisconsin – 4th Congressional District. Here are the details of the event.
The Republican Party of Wisconsin – 4th Congressional District
2nd Amendment Day
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Joe’s K Ranch
4840 S Whitnall Ave.
Classes start at 1:00pm
Reception at 5:00pm
Dinner at 6:00pm
Keynote Speaker Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.
In honor of Constitution Day on September 17th, The Republican Party of Wisconsin – 4th Congressional District will be hosting it’s First Annual 2nd Amendment Day Celebration.
CCW Classes will be provided by Elite Tactics and Training, LLC and will be offered to those who wish to obtain their Wisconsin CCW Permit. If you already have a CCW Permit, an advanced class will be offered to current permit holders providing additional instruction to what you have already learned in a basic course; including gun handling, gun safety, and situational awareness. Class size is LIMITED, so get your space reserved now.
Once the classes are complete, we will host a reception hour in the bar at Joe’s K Ranch, with a Dinner Banquet to follow in the K Ranch’s Dining Room. Keynote Speaker will be Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. (Confirmed).
During the Dinner Banquet, we also will be holding a raffle drawing for three different style firearms. Raffle tickets sold seperately.
Smith & Wesson M&P AR-15 rifle Mossberg 12ga shotgun w/2 stocks and 2 barrels Ruger LC9 pistol with Crimson Trace Laser
Madison – Emerge Wisconsin recently learned they were the subject of an open records request by the Republican Party of Wisconsin. The request appeared to be targeting the Emerge Wisconsin Alumnae. There are currently eight Emerge women who are serving in the state legislature: Representatives Penny Bernard Schaber‘07, Jill Billings‘11, Dianne Hesselbein‘09, La Tonya Johnson‘12, Melissa Sargent‘12, Mandy Wright‘12, JoCasta Zamarripa’10, and Senator Nikiya Harris‘11.
“It is interesting that the GOP are targeting Emerge Wisconsin, an organization focused on training Democratic women to run for office,” states Wendy Strout, Emerge Wisconsin Executive Director. “Since they have a history of attacking women’s rights, it was only a matter of time before they started attacking women’s ability to run for office.”
Emerge Wisconsin recently graduated their seventh class of Democratic women ready to run for elected office. The goal of Emerge is to increase the number of Democratic women in office. They do this by inspiring women to run and honing their skills to win. Emerge is also traveling the state providing a “Taste” of their trainings in counties like Brown, Door, and St. Croix.
Since 2007, Emerge has been the premier training program for Democratic women in Wisconsin. Emerge recruits and trains women from across the state to run for office on a local, state, and national level and provides them with the tools and network support needed to succeed in the world of politics. Emerge graduates have gone on to win races ranging from Village Trustee to State Senate. Nationally, Emerge has expanded to thirteen states to train the next generation of female Democratic leaders across the country. Emerge is located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Republican Party is attempting to re-brand itself as a more inclusive entity. They are co-opting traditional Democratic strategies like opening a whole bunch of campaign offices in Wisconsin, voter registration efforts and block captain organizing – we know this from the giant banner on the state website which asks viewers to “BECOME A COMMUNITY CAPTAIN!” sounding suspiciously like the conservative pejorative – community organizer.
The banner has a full color photograph of supposedly other “community captains” who are stunningly handsome. Young, old, white, black, brown and even Asian, all inviting you to join them in the new Republican Party.
The chick/dude in the upper right-hand corner might even be gay. As a liberal, the Siren can honestly say we don’t know this many diverse good-looking people. It’s really impressive.
It’s also really fake.
The banner photo is a iStockphoto available for purchase online. Those smiling, multi-cultural people aren’t from Wisconsin and they probably aren’t Republicans either.
If you’d like a more representative look at the how “diverse” the Republican Party of Wisconsin is, here’s a video:
Yep, the Wisconsin Republican Party sure is a diverse bunch.