UPDATE: I have received information that in addition to receiving a call from Doug Haeffle of the ADCC on Thursday morning, Chris Miller was contacted by Democratic State Reps. Andy Jorgensen and Steve Doyle after Miller sent out an email Wednesday thanking his supporters.
I’ve long had a bone to pick with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin over how they treat candidates they haven’t either hand-picked or who they deem as being not viable.
For instance, in 2010 Democrats ran a candidate in the 21st Assembly district when Republican State Rep. Mark Honadel still held that seat. At the onset of the campaign, the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee (ADCC) provided said Democratic candidate with assistance and a staffer, only to pull their support and staffer unceremoniously once they deemed the candidate as no longer being viable. I know that’s not the only Democratic candidate for the Assembly that has had that happen to them, and I know that politics and political campaigns are ruthless.
However, a situation has come to my attention that I think demonstrates unambiguously how thoughtless and disrespectful Mike Tate (pictured, left) and the Democratic establishment can be towards those individuals who fought for months to run viable, winning campaigns on behalf of the Democratic Party.
The individual in question is Democrat Chris Miller, who ran against entrenched incumbent Republican State Rep. Ed Brooks in the 50th Assemble district. While he ultimately lost the election, Miller raised $45,000 and forced Rep. Brooks to spend money, exert effort, and actually run a legitimate campaign. While election night was obviously a frenetic time for campaign staff and paid political types like Tate, Chris Miller never received a phone call, email, text message, carrier pigeon, or any other type of communication from anyone in the Democratic Party of Wisconsin thanking him for putting himself “out there” as a candidate for office and for all the hard work he did as a candidate. In fact, Chris Miller didn’t finally get a call from anyone associated with the DPW or ADCC to thank him or to offer words of support following his loss until this morning, and the person who called was some random staffer.
When called out on the lack of any type of post-election communication from the DPW or the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee (ADCC) towards Chris Miller, here’s Mike Tate’s response.
I guess I don’t understand. I’m pretty easy to reach, Jake is pretty easy to reach, Peter is pretty easy to reach. If something was needed on election night we were available. But to suggest we have the time to check in with all our candidates the evening of the election demonstrates a lack of understanding of how frenetic an election night is. Communication goes both ways.
Got that, candidates? If you’re expecting a thank you of a “job well done” from Mike Tate or anyone else in the Democratic political establishment for the work you did on behalf of the party, you’d better just contact Mike yourselves, because he’s just too busy to spend two minutes sending a text or picking up the phone.
If Mike Tate and the rest of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin establishment continue to view the men and women who run for elected office as Democrats as nothing more than proverbial “pieces on a chessboard” as opposed to actual human beings, then the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is going to find itself hard-pressed to find good candidates to run for elected office. After all, people talk, and it’s no secret how poorl the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and its affiliated groups like the ADCC treat candidates who can no longer benefit the party.