Apparently DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz thought it would be a great idea to come to Wisconsin and say something exceptionally stupid, causing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke to then distance herself from Wasserman Schultz’s remarks.
Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz ripped into Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s record Wednesday during a round-table discussion on women’s issues at the Milwaukee Athletic Club.
The Florida congresswoman said: “Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality.”
Wasserman Schultz added: “What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch.”
Stephanie Wilson, Burke’s press secretary, suggested in a statement that Wasserman Schultz’s comments went too far.
“That’s not the type of language that Mary Burke would use, or has used, to point out the clear differences in this contest,” Wilson said.
Wilson added, “There is plenty that she and Governor Walker disagree on — but those disagreements can and should be pointed out respectfully.”
For the record, while I agree with the idea that Gov. Walker and Republicans in Wisconsin are terrible when it comes to supporting women’s issues, I think Debbie Wasserman Schultz could have made her point without giving the opposition fodder to use against Mary Burke. For the person serving as the head of the national Democratic Party to come into Wisconsin and say something so inflammatory is boneheaded (to put it mildly), and it underscores why Democrats are so terrible at actually winning elections – because they haven’t mastered the ability to message.