The issue of special interests taking over the state of Wisconsin is not limited to just the battle to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker. In the 2012 race for U.S. Senate, Wisconsin voters face a similar problem and Republicans in the state don’t seem to care.
In fact, they seem to be downright giddy at the prospect of turning the state over to the highest bidder but know this is going to be a tough sell to Wisconsinites. This was apparent at the recent Republican Party of Wisconsin convention when deciding whether to endorse Eric Hovde or Tommy Thompson to run. Eric Hovde, Washington D.C. hedge fund banker, was the first candidate rejected by party activists in the endorsement vote, garnering only 16% of the vote. Former Bush Administration Cabinet Secretary, Tommy Thompson, who has spent the last seven years peddling influence in Washington, was the second candidate rejected by party activists winning only 18% of the vote.
The primary is in August, so there’s still time for activists to unite behind a candidate. And while they cant seem to agree right now, in the end it won’t matter much since the difference between Thompson and Hovde, as far as Wisconsin is concerned, are negligible.
Both Thompson and Hovde have made fortunes working for the very industries hurting Wisconsin the most. Both candidates would cut taxes for multi-millionaires while raising taxes on the middle and lower classes. Both have endorsed Paul Ryan’s plan to gut Medicare and end public education as we know it.
Getting Wisconsin back on track won’t just happen with the recall effort. It will happen again in November when voters decide if they want more of a Republican agenda that attacks the middle class for the benefit of the super-rich. Like the rest of the country, that’s an agenda Wisconsin just can’t afford.
Photo from paul lowry via flickr.