As the process of selecting a Democratic candidate for governor of Wisconsin gets rolling, I have hope that Democrats will seriously and warmly welcome all who have the vision and insight to represent the interests of the people of Wisconsin.
The best candidate for Democrats to endorse ought to be one who would be the most in sync with the widest range of people. Most voters do not care whether a person has a long affiliation with a party, and they rarely concern themselves with whether the person has been a faithful party member.
What the people in Wisconsin need (and desire I think) is a person who brings fresh ideas to the table, and who is not beholden to the wealthy contributors who have been so influential in both parties. While there is a deeply and sincerely-held belief that the key to winning an election in Wisconsin is spending tens of millions of dollars on a campaign, an idea which in itself offers inordinate power and influence to the wealthy, the formula has failed consistently for Democrats.
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There is a candidate who is seeking the Democratic Party nomination who does not have a history of being a Democrat and does not believe that he needs large contributions from wealthy contributors. Mike McCabe is seeking to develop a broad base, with modest contributions from many interested voters, and has committed to not taking large contributions. He doesn’t claim to have answers to all of the problems facing us, but does have creative and important ideas for addressing our needs, and has a history of engaging in conversation to come up with new and productive solutions.
In my opinion, to seek to be the Democratic Party nominee is the best alternative for both Mike and Wisconsin. Surely, were he to run as an independent or other third-party nominee in this state, it would virtually guarantee a Scott Walker victory. Sen. Bernie Sanders came to Wisconsin to seek the party’s nomination, and in the primary garnered more votes than the party favorite. That didn’t end so well for Democrats, nor for many of us who reject Walker’s corporatism.
In a campaign email, following the results of the recent primaries, Mike said, “There is a lesson for Wisconsin in what is unfolding elsewhere in the country. We need to throw away the old political playbook and the canned talking points. We need to color outside the lines. We need to shake up and transform a political system that has grown diseased and is failing regular people. We need a new politics that is about way more than the failings of Donald Trump and Scott Walker.”
I hope that both the voters at large and those who are party insiders will seriously consider supporting Mike in his efforts to lead our state. We need him.
John Fease is an Appleton resident. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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