Last week I wrote about how Democratic State Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson had endorsed Pat Bomhack in a contested Democratic primary in the race to replace retiring State Senator Dale Schultz, instead of staying out of the race and letting voters decide on their preferred candidate.
In making his endorsement of Bomhack, Larson opined that Bomhack was the better candidate, saying Bomhack had the work ethic and the attitude that would help him win, and while that subtle attack on Ernie Wittwer didn’t seem to bother Wittwer, Larson’s subsequent snub of Wittwer at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s 2014 convention sure did.
Democratic Minority Leader Chris Larson, who has endorsed our primary opponent, actually had the temerity to skip the mention of Ernie as a primary candidate in the 17th District at the State Democratic Convention this weekend. The following was our reply to Larson.
You have finally crossed the line. It may not be important in Milwaukee and Madison, but the people in rural Wisconsin still believe in a representative form of government. Your endorsement of a candidate in a primary election in the 17th District makes it clear that you have no respect for our form of government or the people that live in this District. Your brazen disregard for appropriate political decorum makes you no better than the Koch brothers and shames the Democratic Party.
You can be assured that people of the 17th District, who have been marginalized by you, will not forget that your only interest is big money, while their interest is in electing someone who actually cares about this District and the people who live here.
Hard as you try, our citizens will not let you conspire against a candidate. Democracy is still alive and well in rural Wisconsin.
It looks like things are heating up in the Democratic primary in the 17th State Senate district, and it will be interesting to see if Democratic voters choose the Democratic Party establishment’s hand-picked candidate in Pat Bomhack or a grassroots activist in Ernie Wittwer.