I’ve never been one to endorse a candidate or publicly lean towards one during a primary election. And in Wisconsin, we could be headed for one next fall. But there are some things which need to be addressed about our current situation. A lot of people are questioning the state party and are asking why Mary Burke should be getting into this race at all.
Well, if you really think about the Burke candidacy, it actually makes a lot of sense. This race isn’t about you, or me and how we can invigorate the liberal base. This race is about removing Governor Scott Walker and the destructive path that he has lead our state upon. He’s demolished a public employee’s right to collectively bargain; has slashed education budgets across the state; hurt communities that are hurting and has yet to deliver on his promise of 250,000 jobs for the State of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin doesn’t need more naysayers. What we need is simple: people to come together like and say YES. Republicans have developed a way to say NO NO NO to everything. They’ve shut down the government over health care, they’ve held up the credit rating of our country over the debt ceiling, they’ve shut down the wages of public employees over their choice to collectively bargain for wages and now they are choosing to sit here and go against everything we stand for in, well, everything.
My friends, we are in this together. I get that we don’t always get the perfectly liberal candidate that is pro-choice, pro-union, anti-death penalty, and everything liberal. But hey, that’s not how the world works. And realistically neither Mary Burke nor Kathleen Vinehout fits this description.
We should be celebrating the fact that someone is willing to come out of the private sector and run as a Democrat and face the uphill battle that is defeating Walker.
I realize not all my fellow bloggers here on Blogging Blue even agree with me on this stance, but as we perpetuate this attitude of separation we are no better than the Tea Party. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been disappointed in a candidate or an outcome of an election. But this time, near anyone different than Walker would be a step up. Mary Burke is a progressive businesswoman from Wisconsin who will no doubt come out in support of many of the principles you and I believe in. And if she moves on to a general election, I will stand by her.
Imagine if the Democrats had not come home in 2008 after the brutal Obama/Clinton primary where we would be sitting.
If or when Senator Vinehout decides to run, I will also celebrate her decision of her candidacy. But until that day comes, I remain loyal to the Democratic process, the Democratic Party and the State of Wisconsin on this issue; because I believe that Scott Walker is a slap in the face to all of those things that I hold so dear.
And I’ll give you my formal endorsement on August 13, 2014 after the primary.