A while back, I received an email from Mike Strautmann, the treasurer for the campaign of Republican House of Representatives candidate Dan Sebring, who’s hoping to unseat Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore this fall. The email was sent in response to an inquiry I sent to Sebring’s campaign wondering why they felt Sebring was a better choice than Jennifer London to represent the 4th Congressional district. During his response to me, Strautmann claimed Sebring is a moderate Republican:
Dan however does not fit the “mold” of a Republican which we believe makes him an ideal candidate to represent a highly diversified district such as ours. He is a working-class person, no different than anyone else in this community. He’s blue collar, and lives paycheck to paycheck. Even though there is an “R” after his name for this election, he is more middle of the road. He chose the Republican party based on the fact that incumbent Democrats generally hold their seat in this district very well, whether popular or not, and independents have not fared well at all. However, his ideals are not about party affiliation, but rather what the voters of this city want.
Sorry for the lengthy answer, but the short answer is, Dan is more of a center-right than just a staunch right-wing candidate. It’s just about what’s doing right for the community and the people, treating them with respect, and making Milwaukee a model city, like it was throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
I always considered Dan Sebring to be a pretty far-right Republican candidate, but since Mike Strautmann made the case that Dan Sebring is actually a moderate “center-right” candidate, I figured I ought to take another look at Sebring’s campaign website to make sure I wasn’t mistaken. Alas, despite Mike Strautmann’s assertion that Dan Sebring is a “center-right” Republican candidate, I couldn’t find much that would lead me to believe Strautmann’s assertion is true. In fact, a quick look at where Sebring stands on the issues breaks down thusly:
- Opposed to a woman’s right to choose
- Supports increased offshore oil drilling
- Refers to climate change as “the fraud of climate change”
- Opposes meaningful health care reform
- Opposed to foreign aid: “we need to scale back foreign aid”
What I’m wondering is where’s the moderation in Dan Sebring’s platform? What about Dan Sebring is moderate?