Over at Cognitive Dissidence, Jeff Simpson wants to blame Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate for the fact that Democrats did not field candidates in 26 of the 99 Assembly seats up for reelection later this year.
The problem with the 72 county strategy, is it either has yet to be enacted or they are having a hard time with the numbers. Today was filing day and of the 99 Assembly districts in Wisconsin, the Democrats completely forgot about 26 of them!
On the flip side, the republicans have let 20 seats go unchallenged. That means our districts have been gerrymandered to badly, and the two party system is so lazy and corrupt, that 46 Assembly districts will have no choice on the ballot. That is roughly 2,641,648 Wisconsinites who were left without a choice.
The most extreme right wing government in a left of center politically state, and we could not find 26 people, pulled from local boards, etc… to throw their hat the in ring?
Anyone who’s paid attention here knows that I’m not necessarily a fan of Mike Tate, but I find it hard to lay blame on him for the fact that Democrats aren’t fielding candidates in 26 Assembly races. After all, while Mike Tate can encourage individuals to run for office, he certainly can’t force them onto the ballot.
Don’t get me wrong – I hate that 26 Assembly seat races will not have Democratic candidates, because I believe no elected official should win their office uncontested – but I don’t think blame should fall at the feet of Mike Tate.