Sunday, April 10, 2011

Senator Shilling Has Such A Nice Ring To It

If the gentle reader remembers, State Senator Dan Kapanke was the first of the Republican Senators to have recall papers filed against them, beating out even Randy Randy "Bed" Hopper.

Today, Representative Jennifer Shilling announced that she will be running to fill that seat. From her press release:
“When the working families of the Coulee region needed Senator Kapanke the most, he turned his back on them," said Rep. Shilling. "Senator Kapanke stopped listening to the people he was elected to serve, and it's time to move in a new direction."

Shilling noted that the citizens of Western Wisconsin have clearly rejected Governor Walker's attack on the rights of workers as well as his attempt to slash millions in vital education and health care funding.  Despite this overwhelming opposition, she noted, Sen. Kapanke has continued to toe the party line.

"We don't need more politicians to stand with the Governor," Shilling concluded, "We need leaders to stand up to the Governor!"

If elected, Shilling said her number one goal will be creating good local jobs and putting Wisconsin's government back on the side of working families.

"I'm running because I want our children to grow up in a state that values good jobs, quality education, affordable health care, and respects working people and their families," concluded Shilling.  "Together, we can keep the Wisconsin dream alive, and put our government back on the side of the hardworking men and women who make this such a great place to live and raise a family."
Methinks that Shilling has more than a decent shot of winning this race, too. Not has she only shown herself to be courageous during the ordeal of the Fitzwalkerstan campaign against Wisconsin, but Kapanke is exceptionally vulnerable.

He won his last election for the state senate by 2800 votes, or only 3% of the total votes. The latest poll numbers I saw on him were pretty low and that was before they tried to illegally ram through the unethical and misnamed "Budget Repair Bill."

And I would be surprised if Shilling didn't bring up Kapanke's legal problems, when he was caught, not just once, but twice, for illegally using charity funds for personal gain.  There was also the violation of the open records law that he was found guilty of in 2009.  That one cost tax payers $38,000 to pay for his legal defense fund.  I can't imagine that one will sit well with either side.

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  1. The Democrats brought up Kapanke's legal issues already. Nobody cared. Mentioning them again isn't going to do any good. Basing a campaign on them is a sure route to defeat.

  2. A) Kapanke barely won last time.

    B) No self-respecting candidate makes their campaign on just one thing.