Becoming the only blog in Wisconsin that has discredited Team Barrett’s rapid response attack ad on the Republican Governor’s Association, we expose the real reason why Team Barrett is in rapid response mode every time the RGA places an ad in Wisconsin.
The Democratic Governor’s Association promised in November of 2009 to conduct a “defensive” race in Wisconsin. However, the DGA has not been in full force because of their money woes in other states. One proof is a recent column in a Nebraska newspaper. The column exposes party officials in the Cornhusker State expressing their disgust for their party’s nominee along with the DGA for not spending enough money on candidate recruitment. During the last fundraising period, the DGA was out-raised by the RGA along with having $9.2 milion dollars less cash on hand according to April 2010 fundraising reports. Also, the proof is in the pudding of the DGA’s failures that include wasting money in last year’s New Jersey and Virginia Governors races along with the recent Super Tuesday primaries. The DGA’s shoddy results come from priortizing more money on television ad buys over diversifying their funds on not just ad buys, but candidate recrutiment along with the ground game.
Mike Tate Watch got hold of two campaign fundraising e-mails from the Barrett Campaign making their fundraising pleas this week after the RGA placed an ad in Wisconsin. Anyone can tell Team Barrett’s desperation for money from reading the e-mails as they do not want to admit to Wisconsin voters that one of the national campaign arms that would help Barrett out is seriously lacking on money.
You would expect Mike Tate to put out his always extravagant press release attacking the RGA, but is he scared of the RGA’s strength nationwide while the DGA coughs up money in every other state? Only if Phil Walzak, the Team Barrett Communications Director is doing all the messaging against the RGA. This is a sign a part of the Democrat Party infastructure has been caught flat-footed and why the Dems are down in the polls in 28 out of 37 governor races including Wisconsin.
There has been a lot of spin going around with the Republican Governor’s Association and the Barrett Campaign. This comes from a deceptive rapid-response ad the Barrett Camp did in response to an ad the RGA did in Colorado.
From looking at the ad the RGA did to criticize Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, here is the evidence that supports the RGA’s claims and discrediting Team Barrett’s rapid response ad.
Claim 1-Frontier Airlines CEO: Denver Taxes Too High. That is true, the CEO of Frontier’s Parent company Republic Airways Brian Bedford said in The Denver Post that taxes were a major reason why Frontier moved its operations to Milwaukee.
Source: The Denver Post, November 15, 2009
Claim 2-Now a Democratic Candidate in Another State Confirms Hickenlooper’s failure. This is the part where all the liberal groups and the Barrett Campaign is salivating about. All the RGA did is use a Barrett Campaign ad to confirm Frontier Airlines moved to Milwaukee in which a handle of a November 10, 2009 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel appeared on the ad. Also, the same Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article quoted Republic’s CEO that taxes were a reason why Republic moved operations out of Denver. There was no mention of praise towards Mayor Tom Barrett whatsoever in the ad despite the Barrett ad was used by the RGA. Just because the RGA says one thing doesn’t give Team Barrett a license to spin the truth.
These facts prove that Barrett’s Campaign was totally deceptive in its rapid response ad against the Republican Governor’s Association. The only person we should thank for bringing 800 jobs to Milwaukee is Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Hickenlooper’s loss is Wisconsin’s gain period. This proves why in Claim #3 that John Hickenlooper is an Economic Development Machine for Milwaukee.
Phil Walzak, the Communications Director for Team Barrett may think he had it his way in a rapid-response attack. But, if shooting rapid response ads were part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Walcak would be the Cristiano Ronaldo of political rapid response.
The good folks at the Republican Governor’s Association has a new online video that hits home the truth on Tom Barrett, and a warning for Wisconsin Taxpayers.
The new video catches Tom Barrett looking at someones wallet meaning that he will raise your taxes. That is demonstrated by his record that he has raised taxes in the State Legislature, as Milwaukee Mayor, and as a Congressman. If you are a Wisconsin Taxpayer, you should hide your wallet after seeing this ad. That is because Tom Barrett will be looking for your wallet to fund his sham “Putting Madison on a Diet” plan. The plan sounds more like Madison using Dunkin’ Donuts to lose weight as a smokescreen to fund its big spending programs.
This is the ad that the Wisconsin Democrats fear seeing.
The highly respected Larry Sabato from the University of Virginia is again the bearer of bad news for Chairman Mike Tate the week before the State Convention in Middleton. Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball has Wisconsin as a Leaning Republican Takeover which has been consistent with his previous ratings taken during this year.
When giving his assessment on Tom Barrett, Sabato said that “high personal approval is not enough to win the statehouse.” The latest ratings from the most respected political mind in the nation should serve as a reminder that his party’s policies are not winning over Wisconsin. Also, the same statement from Dr. Sabato would resonate on Mayor Barrett’s lack of aggressiveness to keep MillerCoors and Harley Davidson in Wisconsin.
Poll after poll this year has shown already that Wisconsin has had enough of the Democrat’s taxing, spending, and regulation on steroids mentality. Dr. Sabato’s latest analysis seconds our challenge to Chairman Tate to talk to any of the 174,000 unemployed Wisconsinites who think they are better off now then at the beginning of the 2009 legislative session. The anwsers he would hear from these people would be the truth that the Democrats have failed Wisconsin.
As the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is desperate to get attention with a record-breaking Republican Party of Wisconsin state convention this weekend, Chairman Tate tries to say that Miss USA contestants including Miss Oklahoma have more substance than the entire state GOP ticket. That is total spin and nonsense coming from the State Chairman.
When Chairman Tate tries to press the Wisconsin media to ask the same questions the Miss USA finalists were asked, how about Chairman Tate awnser some hard questions of our own in which you will never hear at the Miss USA pagent like:
1. What was your role with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in hand-picking Julie Lassa as Sean Duffy’s challenger behind closed doors?
2. Will you rely on the DCCC to campaign effectively for your chosen candidates in key congressional seats when they have wasted a lot money in the Hawaii-1 Congressional special election that is about seeing a Democratic strong seat flip to red due to party infighting?
3. How do you talk your party’s record of economic abyss to any of the 174,000 Wisconsinites that were unemployed in the last legislative session?
4. Are you going to enlist unions like the SEIU to do the dirty work of the Democratic Governor’s Association when they are sorely lacking on cash on hand behind the Republican Governor’s Association?
5. Will you commit during the last five and half months of the election cycle to refrain from using racial references and slurs in official DPW press releases and press conferences?
To return the favor, any of the Miss USA finalists will do a better job anwsering these questions over how Chairman Tate or Graeme Zielinski would anwser these questions. Even if it takes Erin Andrews or Charissa Thompson to get these anwsers, we look forward to hearing from Chairman Tate or Graeme Zielinski to anwsering our questions for the good of Wisconsin.
Since Chairman Mike Tate has been getting delusional over the County Executive’s ride, it seems other left wing operatives including the hyper-partisan One Wisconsin Now and the Wisconsin Association of Justice want in. After we have exposed the Democrats frivolous campaign finance complaints over the County Executive’s ride, it seems the Democrats are down to their only option which is to resort to their special interest buddies as we call them the extra attackers on the rink.
It seems the left is playing with this mentality because that the only option to beat Scott Walker is to pull the goalie out of the net for the entire game. They are hellbent on this mentality because they desperate for attention as the Republicans have their state convention this weekend in Milwaukee. After tonight’s election results in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas, we may see Mike Tate push the envelope more before convention to attack Walker if establishment, incumbent Democrats like Arlen Specter and Blanche Lincoln are defeated tonight.
If we see a win for the GOP in PA-12, and Specter and Lincoln lose we can know that there will be rough terrain ahead for Wisconsin Democrats as no seat is safe up or down the ballot. Also, with the DCCC pulling out of HI-01, Chairman Tate should be concerned if the organization led by Congressman Chris Van Hollen would do an effective job in WI-7 and WI -8 after they wasted so much money in Hawaii and Pennsylvania. Also, the same question can be asked with the DGA which is sorely lacking on cash on hand behind the RGA.
With voter discontent at a all-time high, we can tell already that the Dems are going to pull the goalie off the ice to attack, but the question is when it will happen? Only we will know.
Mike Tate again is pulling off another Sidney Crosby style tactic and that is diving to call normal followers of Scott Walker on Facebook cronies pretending that the DPW Chairman has a vendetta. We know one thing, the DPW Chairman is getting delusional by the second. Delusional, because he compares a average joe supporting Walker to a well-known donor which lacks logic. Legendary political reporter Mike Flannery of FOX Chicago would say: “that folks is some serious spin.”
We got news for Chairman Tate, the games of class warfare is not going anywhere in the State of Wisconsin this year. We can hear some serious spin this weekend from Chairman Tate as the 2010 RPW State Convention starts in four days. No matter what Chairman Tate tries to spin, the people of Wisconsin are aware of his politics of deception since 2006 when he suffered one of the worst defeats ever for a statewide referendum in the Badger State.
Mike Tate Watch will be at the 2010 RPW State Convention in Milwaukee as we are prepared to give gavel to gavel coverage of the convention. All the coverage without the serious spin or imitating to be the Sidney Crosby of Wisconsin politics.