From my email this afternoon:
Another elected official has questioned Rep. Elizabeth Cogg’s suggestion that African American voters in Milwaukee should “Vote for someone that looks like you.”
Milwaukee County Supervisor and State Senatorial Candidate opposing Rep. Coggs, Nikiya Harris emailed this to her friends and supporters:
Dividing People by Race is Wrong
I just finished a press conference criticizing Elizabeth “Beth” Coggs for advising African Americans in the 10th Assembly District to vote for someone who “looks like them.” This kind of race-baiting is shameful. I demanded that Beth apologize to the voters in the 10th district for her remarks.
My opponent is trying to deflect attention for her failed leadership by dividing people by race. But we pay a high price for these kinds of tactics. Milwaukee does not get its fair share of state resources from Madison because our elected leaders are working against each other rather than working together.
That’s why we need a new generation of leadership for Milwaukee. My record is one of bringing people together to solve problems, whether it is to protect voter’s rights, improve public transportation, or defend Family Care from budget cuts. This is the type of leadership I will bring with me to Madison.
Join me in standing up to the racially divisive tactics of failed leaders.
The Republicans redistricting has unfortunately placed a lot of Democrats at odds in a number of districts. And instead of working together to make liberal and progressive voices heard in Madison, we’ve taken to infighting. And the dichotomy in the local party has gotten particularly ugly with several remarks like Rep. Coggs and others that could be construed as racist.
We can do much better and need to move on soon if we are to persevere against the GOP cabal in Madison.