A few days ago I cam across this little nugget on Facebook.
In case you’re wondering, Paul Geenen is a surrogate and organizer for Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair candidate Martha Laning. It’s clear from the image posted above that Paul Geenen is a supporter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that was negotiated in secret and that is opposed by progressives like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and while it seems to me that he’s asserting Martha Laning supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership, that point isn’t made completely clear. What is clear is that Geenen asserts that any of the DPW Chair candidates who oppose the TPP have taken an “incorrect and divisive” position on that particular issue, leaving one to wonder if that leaves Martha Laning as the only DPW Chair candidate who supports the TPP.
Seeking clarification of Martha Laning’s position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (since each of the other DPW Chair candidates have made their positions known), I emailed Laning to request a statement from her regarding the TPP. Here’s Laning’s unedited response to me.
I am supportive of Senator Elizabeth Warren and our own Senator Tammy Baldwin’s stance to stop the fast track of TPP and I have signed that petition. I did this because the pieces that have leaked, if true, are deeply concerning. I like most Americans, want to be sure that thoughtful consideration is being given to each and every part of the agreement and I feel we should have more transparency. I have heard concerns about the lack of financial oversight by our government on big corporate deals that could result in another financial crisis like we had in 2008, which is unacceptable. I have heard this bill would hurt jobs here in the US like NAFTA did, and that too is unacceptable. On the other hand, I respect President Obama and understand his desire to help shape the rules for world trade to prevent China from shaping them without us. Bottom line is that for me to have an opinion on TPP, I need the details of the bill. TPP has not been completed and submitted for a vote yet and therefore, most legislators and the public do not have access to the details of the bill, only leaks, and we don’t know the credibility of the leaks. Many legislators that I respect, like Senator Tammy Baldwin and Senator Elizabeth Warren, have expressed their deep concerns, but stop short of saying they would vote no, likely because the details are not available. Out of respect for the President of the United States, I express deep concerns about what I am hearing about TPP, but will reserve final judgment for when the document is made public and we clearly understand what is included.
What’s clear about Martha Laning’s position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership is that her position is unclear. However, the fact that at least one of her surrogates is attacking one of her opponents in the DPW Chair race for his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership certainly does seem curious.