Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate in response to GOP Chair Reince Priebus’s memo suggesting that the historic recall of Tea Party extremist Scott Walker would help Republicans.
“My friend Reince is a good lawyer and an even better salesman for his Party, but his memo about Scott Walker is little more than a Tea Party fantasy.
Scott Walker’s all out assault on middle class families, his worst-in-the-nation failure on job creation and the criminal corruption growing closer to his office by the day has badly damaged his and his fellow Republicans brand in a way no one could have imagined in November of 2010.
Credible public polling shows that Wisconsin has rejected Walker’s assault on our historic freedoms and his agenda of handing out tax giveaways to corporations that ship Wisconsin jobs out-of-state. Similarly, Mitt Romney’s proposals for massive tax cuts for the wealthy, an end to Medicare as we know it, and deep cuts to Medicaid are falling flat.
In the past year, we’ve seen candidates who have embraced Walker’s assault on the middle class lose elections in several red-to-blue conversions, including in Senate recalls and in local elections. Walker’s hand-picked U.S. Senate candidate, Jeff Fitzgerald, has been a total failure, even among Republicans. And Walker has seen Republicans lose control of power in the Wisconsin Senate.
The rest of the nation will soon learn what we’ve known in Wisconsin for a while — that embracing extremist policies that favor the super rich at the expense of the middle class aren’t just devastating to working families — but will lead to abrupt ends to the careers of Scott Walker and Mitt Romney.
June 5th and November 6th will see different candidates in different elections going before different electorates — but the common thread will be the Republican overreach at the expense of the middle class and Wisconsin voters won’t fall for it.”