Third Coast Digest editor Jon Anne Willow has had enough of the intrigue over which Democrat will run against Scott walker in the gubernatorial recall election. Call it now, she says: it’s got to be Obey!
Willow gives her rationale for Obey as the candidate, writing, ” He was an unapologetic Democrat elected 21 times in a row by a majority Republican constituency in the 7th Congressional district. In fact, his seat had been previously held by Democrats for only four of the prior 96 years since its creation.” In other words, apparently, Obey is liked and respected by Republicans as evidenced by the fact that they elected him to Congress for 41 straight years. So the 7th CD is a Republican leaning district? Hmmmm.
Except that Obey himself has described the 7th Congressional district as progressive. And the same, supposedly, Republican majority constituency that elected Dave Obey to Congress has, over the last 40 years, also elected Democrats Bob Jauch, Russ Decker, Kevin Shibilski, Julie Lassa, Pat Kreitlow, Marlin Schneider, Frank Boyle, Mary Hubler, Donna Seidel, Louis Molepske, Janet Bewley, Nick Milroy, Gary Sherman, and Ann Hraychuck to the Wisconsin state legislature. And there are likely some names I’ve missed.
There’s no doubt that a case can be made for Obey as the Democratic candidate to face Walker, but the notion that he’s a Democrat liked and respected by Republicans is mighty short on evidence. In fact, it’s mostly just a notion.