For those of you who haven’t heard, incumbent Democratic Congressman Ron Kind has a Democratic challenger for his seat. Retired teacher Myron Buchholz has decided to challenge Rep. Kind, and while Buchholz has a very uphill climb in his quest to unseat Kind, that challenge is being made all the more difficult by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
During an interview I conducted earlier this week with Buchholz, he made mention of the fact that when his campaign reached out to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin to obtain access to their Voter Activation Network (VAN), which is an invaluable tool for any Democratic campaign seeking information on voters, but his campaign’s efforts to purchase access to the VAN were completely rebuffed by Brita Olson.
According to my conversation with Myron Buchholz, his campaign was told the Democratic Party of Wisconsin does not sell access to the VAN to challengers of Democratic representatives in good standing.
While the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s efforts to keep access to the VAN limited to their preferred candidates is not surprising, it is disappointing because many of us hoped that Martha Laning’s election as DPW Chair would bring about a change from the “politics as usual” system that protects the status quo and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s preferred candidates.
Jeff Simpson at Cognitive Dissidence has his own take on this.