Daily Bread for 10.27.21: Rebecca Kleefisch’s Republican ‘Mercenaries’

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 58.  Sunrise is 7:24 AM and sunset 5:53 PM for 10h 28m 49s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 63% of its visible disk illuminated.

The Technology Park Board meets at 8 AM.

 On this day in 1961, NASA tests the first Saturn I rocket in Mission Saturn-Apollo 1.

 Patrick Marley reports Rebecca Kleefisch says Republicans need to ‘hire mercenaries’ to win 2022 race for Wisconsin governor:

MADISON — Rebecca Kleefisch over the weekend told Republicans they needed to “hire mercenaries” and engage in “ballot harvesting” to help her win next year’s race for governor — a practice she has said she wants to ban.

In a Saturday speech to Republicans in Door County, Kleefisch said the methods she needs to use to win bother her so much she will need to wash herself with steel wool. If her campaign strategy works, she said she would quickly sign legislation overhauling how elections are conducted.

“We execute with excellence, we will beat them at their own game. And the next morning, we all wake up, take a shower with steel wool, and then, after swearing in in January … (the Legislature) is going to pass all these bills again, and then I’m going to sign them all. And we will never do elections like that again, but this is how we win,” Kleefisch said, according to audio of her speech obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Whitewater may see some of Kleefisch’s mercenaries next year.  While RebeccaPAC and other outside groups have been heavily involved in recall effort in the Mequon-Thiensville School District (election 11.2), Kleefisch’s PAC made endorsements for local races last April, including an endorsement for the superficially non-partisan Whitewater school board

That April contest was part of a statewide wave, and in any event, the incumbent did nothing to help himself (“One expects an incumbent to advance his record confidently and defend himself thoroughly against criticism. People aren’t inclined to do for a politician what he won’t do for himself. Advancing and defending are not assurances of re-election, but their absence makes defeat likely. It has been a tumultuous year; passivity is not a winning response to tumult”).

Elected candidates can (and often should) honestly take clear, ideological or partisan positions, but in doing so they cannot expect to be treated as non-partisan and without ideology. One can expect 2022 to be different — there are reasons to oppose candidates of similar ideology next year.

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