In response to criticisms I’ve made of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin leadership in the wake of Tuesday’s awful election results, one commenter noted the “the state party chair is just not a very important position.”
If that is in fact the case (which I’m sure many party establishment apologists will argue it is), then why does DPW Chairman Mike Tate earn over $105,000 per year in salary?
The state Dem Party’s federal campaign finance reports for 2012 show $105,717 in salary payments to Tate over the year and $3,487 in reimbursements for health insurance.
If Party Chair really isn’t that important of a position, then why does Mike Tate get paid as if it is? After all, Tate’s six-figure salary is over double the median household income in Wisconsin, which according to the U.S. Census Bureau is $52,627.
I think it’s high time Wisconsin’s Democrats start demanding more “bang for their buck” when it comes to their party chair (not to mention the rest of the party’s leadership), because thus far Mike Tate hasn’t shown me much in the way of forward progress or electoral wins to justify his six-figure salary.