Predictably, in the wake of the drubbing Dems took on Tuesday night, calls for Mike Tate’s head to be put on a spike next to the bust of Fighting Bob La Follette in the Capitol rotunda have been plentiful. And while I’m no Mike Tate fan, something about the chorus of disapproval smacks of fish, barrels and smoking guns.
So let’s start a different discussion on a more concrete and, perhaps, constructive topic. What does Mike Tate actually do with his day? What role does the Chair of the DPW play in any given election cycle? What I’ve heard is that Tate is good at fund raising. Is that it? So he raises a lot of money for whom? The ADCC? The SDCC?
What I’d like to know is who, or what entity, is deciding which candidates are viable, and when they’re either chosen or meet with official approval, who tells them how to run their campaigns? Does the DPW Chair have much to do with this?
I’d be willing to consider renewing my membership with the DPW next month, but first I’d like to know what the Chair does, and I’d also like to see some job descriptions for other positions at the top.
Democrats across Wisconsin deserve some answers. Let’s hope some are forthcoming.