I think this blog post sums up why so many progressive activists in Wisconsin are so fed up with Mike Tate and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin is in danger of becoming the 25th “right to work” state by early March, with hearings held today, a Senate vote coming later in the week, an expected Assembly vote at the beginning of March, and an assured signature from the governor as soon as possible after that.
It’s possible to convert one of the Republican Senate votes so that it doesn’t pass and one would think that the Democratic Party of Wisconsin would be doing everything they could to make that happen and to educate the public and encourage contact with legislators.
One would think.
Instead, I got the following e-mail today from Mike Tate, chairman of the state party:
“It’s today, Callen.
“The state Senate is set to take up legislation that would make Wisconsin a right-to-work state. They’re attacking our state’s working families. We HAVE to fight back before Scott Walker and his GOP allies succeed.
“But we can’t fight back alone. We need your help. We have to raise $5,200 before COB today if we want to keep the pressure on the GOP to stop them from passing right to work legislation.”
That was followed by several links allowing me to instantly donate money to the cause and then a signature of “Solidarity, Mike”.
Now perhaps Mike Tate pulled himself away from sending out fundraising emails in order to join those activists who were making their voices heard at the State Capitol in opposition to the Republican right to work proposal, but I haven’t seen any mention of it.