I’ve mentioned before that I hear things out there. Stuff you wouldn’t expect me to hear. I’ve worked really hard over the last few years to romance some decent contacts. And while I’d never reveal them, it’s time to confess what’s going on in the Democractic gubernatorial attempt.
Let me explain I’m still labeling Kathleen Falk’s campaign as something not as sure as you’ve been led to believe. After all, Wisconsin isn’t even declared to be dealing with a recall election. That’s not the issue, here.
Falk is not every not-a-Democrat’s favorite candidate. (We have discussed how there are very few proclaimed Dems in the state, right?) She’s just the only one willing to dance with the union who brought her to the party. And baby is she dancing. This Facebook posting from the weekend was all but making out behind the bleachers.
This is why I have said that as governor, I will restore workers’ rights through the state budget and if that budget comes back to my desk without those rights, I will veto it. I will also make sure our employees pay their fair share. Gov. Walker abolished our rights in his budget repair bill and I will use the budget to get them back.
I’m finding it really hard to get enthusiastic about the possibility that I’ll be forced to choose either Kathleen Falk or Kathleen Vinehout to be the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
The endorsement is a major score for Falk’s candidacy, but the full process of candidate selection has not yet begun to gain steam. That may be out of caution or it may be the result of a weak field.
But it was counterproductive and premature for Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Falk to promise Wisconsin union leaders to restore collective bargaining for public workers or veto a budget that didn’t accomplish that.
And to top it off, those union members aren’t all that excited about the early declaration. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Mary Bell, president of WEAC, said that she didn’t anticipate any change in the recommendation her group made Wednesday.
“There are people who are surprised. There are people who are concerned. There are people who are in disagreement but a recommendation is just that,” Bell said.
For those keeping count, IBEW 159 also endorsed Falk early.
But back to what I’m hearing… How about a few progressives begging for a real candidate to come forward? There’s also a little chatter to encourage Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. I suppose it’s because, you know, he was so electable last time.
That electability is at the core of the Falk concern. She always loses a statewide race. Her legacy of losing is what has part of an already divided Wisconsin more than a little concerned that she’s been courted so ardently.
That’s just how fickle we are in our love for leadership right now. I – and a couple of others on the right – are scared about the timing of Governor Scott Walker’s dumpster revelations in light of a recall election. The left is bemoaning the lack of a candidate.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. I don’t tell you enough: Thanks so very much for reading. I’d be a little lonely without you. Yes, even you crabby guys.