Since his election as State Chairman last year, Mike Tate has proven already that he is a hyper-partisan party chairman and now one of the most radical political party leaders in Wisconsin history. Recently, the Democratic legislative leadership stripped Tim Carpenter from a committee chairmanship over his support to repeal the minimum mark-up law for prescription drugs.
Carpenter said in a written statement: “Once again, Senate leadership will not allow bills that are very important to my constituents to come before the Senate for a vote,” said the State Senator. “They can take away my committee chairmanship, but my constituents expect me to stand up and fight for them, and I will continue to do so.”
This is the second time during Tate’s tenure as Chair that he has allowed legislative leadership to purge blue dogs from committee chair posts for doing the right thing for the people of Wisconsin. Last year, Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan stripped Bob Ziegelbauer, a Maintowoc Democrat, from being the Chairman of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee for voting to zero fund abortion for Wisconsin hospitals accepting Medicaid budgets via an amendment.
These two actions prove that the Democratic Party of Wisconsin under Mike Tate has moved away from the mainstream and became more of an extreme left wing faction. These actions could be a reason why more moderate and “blue-dog” Democrat supporters are going to stay home at the polls this year or they are gonna vote for the GOP.