As Wigderson points out, Larson isn’t even trying to be subtle about how he bought Wirch’s vote.
Just before Thanksgiving, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson appointed Senator Jennifer Shilling (D–La Crosse) and Senator Bob Wirch (D–Somers) to serve on the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC). This powerful committee is at the heart of the state budget process and is a coveted appointment.
Wirch was the likely Democrat who promised to vote for Senator Jon Erpenbach for minority leader but cast his vote instead for Larson.
So much for subtlety.
By the way, why does Larson hate African Americans? State Senator Lena Taylor is not happy.
So are we allowed to accuse Larson of being racist and anti-woman? Or is that accusation only reserved for Republicans who oppose Rice as SOS?
If I were a liberal, and judged people by race and gender categories, vs. treating them as an individual…
Yes, this is racist and anti-woman.
The Dems have now built this interesting coalition of women, blacks, gays and Hispanics.
One wonders if there will be another generation of hetero white males in the party once the Feingold, Harry Reid, John Kerry types pass on or if their time in the party leadership has passed.
Ohhhh…SNAP!! Doesn’t Chris Larson know who she is?!?!
Ahh, yes…and this is the man in charge of getting the majority back in 2014. Godspeed, Senator Larceny!!
Apparently nobody knows who she is, which is why she has to ask the question.
Naming Larson as the minority leader is a clear indication Wisconsin Democrats have zero intention of bipartisan collaboration. He is not a peacemaker, he is an extremist. With guys like Larson at the helm, they will continue to lose elections that don’t benefit from Obama’s coat tails.
Yeah, because his counterpart, Papa Fitz, is often mistaken for the King of Bipartisan Collaboration.
By your logic, Dale Schultz should be majority leader and Tim Cullen should be minority leader. I think that would be an improvement on both counts.
RS - The difference is that to date, the only scalps Larson has on his wall are Democrats, and by this move, it appears he’s looking for more.
Yeah, and Papa Fitz got to be in charge by sitting back and waiting for everyone to acknowledge his vast leadership skills. Oh wait, that’s how he lost a vote for majority leader in 2004 to a guy who spent his entire fall getting killed by Ron Kind in a Congressional race. Fitz got outhustled by Dale Schultz when Dale offered Mary Lazich God-knows-what for her vote.
If Chris Larson promised Wirch a spot on Finance for his vote, that’d make him the 873rd leadership candidate to promise a member a spot on a committee or a vote on a pet project in exchange for a member’s support. People promise so much s@#$ in leadership campaigns it’s unreal. It’s like on Survivor when a contestant realizes they’ve made a deal with eight other players to take them to the final three. A handshake in a leadership election is only good so long as someone else running doesn’t come along and offer that member something better.