In this case, you have two very liberal Democrats, but the incumbent Senator is slightly more moderate on a couple of issues. She is being challenged by an even more radical liberal in her own party. This is kind of fun to watch.
The state Dem Party has cut off Rep. Mandela Barnes’ access to its data-rich voter file for the 4th SD, rescinding the contract the two had signed in 2015.
The move comes after the Milwaukee Dem formally announced plans to challenge Sen. Lena Taylor in a primary.
Party spokesman Brandon Weathersby said the contract lapsed after Barnes filed to run for the Senate. Weathersby confirmed the party’s Executive Committee voted last week that the agreement had lapsed after “an issue was raised” over the deal.
Barnes said Tuesday state Chair Martha Laning told him Taylor complained about the contract, which was signed 11 months ago. Barnes noted his log-in for the voter file included a reference to the 4th SD, and he gave WisPolitics.com a picture to confirm his account. Barnes said it was no secret he was interested in information for the Senate district.