In this morning’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Molly Beck reports that Citizen Action Wisconsin depicted Governor Scott Walker (who is running for re-election) and State Senator Leah Vukmir (who is running for the US Senate) behind a target graphic. What the fuck was Citizen Action Wisconsin thinking?
There is absolutely no way to defend this. Just because it’s an arrow instead of a bullet hole doesn’t make it right. Even if it was just a plain target it is just completely stupid and rude. Actually the arrow makes it worse. I am livid over this.
As any reader knows this blog is solidly in favor of limits on gun ownership and the types of guns available in the market. I just can’t believe someone from the left did this…shit!
And I don’t have time to look this up but it seems just an election cycle or two ago, the left was all worked up over a similar ad by a GOP candidate with a target on it…maybe it was Colorado or Arizona. I don’t remember. But the left got pretty indignant at the time and rightly so. So I have to call out the hypocrisy of Citizen Action Wisconsin.
I expect an apology to Governor Walker and Senator Vukmir. I don’t think one will be forthcoming given the defense of the ad by Citizen Action Wisconsin’s director Robert Kraig.
In a graphic promoting Citizen Action Wisconsin’s latest episode of their podcast titled “Open Political Season,” Walker and Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) appear to be standing behind a bull’s-eye target.
Robert Kraig, executive director of Citizen Action Wisconsin, said the group is simply “using humor to make an analogy between the opening of campaign season in Wisconsin and hunting.”
“I am frankly surprised that anyone would think that this cartoonish image of an arrow hitting a target would be interpreted as promoting violence,” Kraig said. “Of course, in any analogy the comparison is not supposed to be literal or exact, that’s the whole point.”
I don’t think comparing campaign season and hunting season is responsible…I don’t see them as having anything in common…this explanation doesn’t make it sound any better. It is, frankly, a piss poor defense of a stupid stupid ad.
If this is what Mr. Kraig really believes is a justifiable explanation and without an apology to the governor and the senator, he should resign. Implying violence is as bad as advocating it in the current environment.
And Mr. Kraig isn’t the only one who owes the governor and the senator an apology. The podcast being advertised features State Senator Chris Larson (currently running for re-election). I really think he should get in front of this and denounce it and issue his own apology.
[full disclosure: Sen. Larson is my state senator]
Ok, I am done for the moment picking on the left and the Democrats. Here’s a solid stick it up your ass to Walker spokesman Brian Reisinger and Alec Zimmerman, spokesman for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. Why? Well here:
“Liberal groups are always ready to blame violence on conservatives, and it’s outrageous that this far-left group would turn around and do this when Governor Walker and Wisconsin Republicans have repeatedly faced death threats for standing on principle,” he (Alec Zimmerman) said.
“We would have thought that extreme liberal organizations would have learned from the overreach and death threats Republicans faced in the past,” Walker campaign spokesman Brian Reisinger said about the graphic.
Republicans aren’t the exclusive subjects of death threats. To pretend otherwise is totally deceptive and unjustifiable and what incredible arrogance. Just as members of both parties have been victims of direct violence in the very recent past, members of both parties receive death threats. Examples of real violence are Steve Scalise and Gabby Giffords. Mr. Zimmerman and Mr. Reisinger…victim-hood is NOT your exclusive domain! So stick it!
Suggested article for Molly Beck: it might be interesting to document who receives death threats and how many such activities occur each year in Wisconsin. And how they are delivered.