I have been a member of The Democratic Party of Wisconsin since 2007, the year I moved back to my home state. I lived in many other places in the 18 years I was gone, and was always proud to be a Democrat. I was still proud of my party affiliation when I got here, and then things changed.
It has nothing to do with most of the elected officials that label themselves as Democrats, or the large numbers of volunteers across the state that help get the word out about what we want and need in this state. It has to do with the “leaders” of the party, mostly at the State level. The state party has become the party of “We’re Not (Insert Republican name here)”, and that’s it. There used to be messaging from the state party that could inform you on things that the Democrats across our fine state are doing, and what we need to do to help get that message out. When was the last time you saw anything positive show up in your email inbox from the Party? Anyone? All I seem to get is “Scott Walker is a bad man. Give us money.” I get tons of positive and informative emails from our elected representatives. Why is it impossible for the leaders of the party to do the same thing?
The blame needs to fall on the person who was elected to be chair. Mike Tate.
He fails to control anything that happens in his office, but he wants to blame the Governor for not knowing what was happening in his office when he was Milwaukee County Executive. Pot meet kettle.
Many people want to call the reaction to Graeme Zielinski’s Tweets on Friday as “Faux outrage from the far right”. I could see that a logical excuse, but only if this was the first time Graeme looked unprofessional. For examples of this, just go to @gjzielinski on twitter and start reading. I suggest starting at the beginning. He has made himself out to be the poster child of what unprofessional looks like, in any career field. But he does it again, and again, and again, and Mike Tate and other party leaders treat him like someone with a severe learning disability, which, as far as I know he doesn’t have (Even though Graeme seems like he might want to get that checked). But Mike Tate is forced to apologize for him again, like he always does. I was told by one of the county chairs that Graeme already apologized (at 6:57pm) for what he did, so we should just get over it. I wanted to know when Graeme apologized, and I never got an answer. Why? Because an apology from Graeme didn’t come until 2 hours later. (Correction: The person who told me that he believed that Graeme made an apology earlier made an honest mistake. I would like to offer Sachin a sincere apology)
So when we, as Democrats, allow this to happen, we look no better than what people perceive. And what they see is Graeme Zielinski, looking like an idiot. So if you’re happy looking like an uncontrollable fool, that’s your choice. It sure as hell isn’t mine.
What we need to focus on now is replacing the guy who can’t control his own office. Mike Tate.
He is up for election this year, and we need a qualified candidate to run against him. When we do, we need to support them and get Mike Tate and the rest of his frat house out. I suggest joining the Party ASAP (Yes. I know I’m asking you to give money to the Party, but it’s only $10) find out what you need to do to become a delegate for your Congressional district, attend this year’s State Democratic Convention, and vote him out.
Yes We Can!