Democratic Party leaders choose Obey’s successor in Wisconsin's 7th District - not the People

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With Rep. Dave Obey (D-WI) retiring after over 40 years in Congress, a whole lot of Democratic names are being floated for his northern Wisconsin seat.

Democratic sources say the list of candidates includes as many as nine names: State Sen. Julie Lassa, state Sen. Pat Kreitlow, state Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker, state Rep. Donna Seidel, state Rep. Ann Hraychuck, state Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink, Judge Greg Huber, attorney Christine Bremer, and former state Superintendent Libby Burmaster.

Wisconsin Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate told the Wausau Daily Herald that the party will coalesce around a candidate quickly, within just 10 days. "I don't expect a competitive primary up there," said Tate. "The Democrats will get together up there and make a decision."

One source in Wisconsin said that Lassa is viewed as the Parties candidate and they will be working to avoid a democratic primary. This explains why one after another the remaining candidates have all chosen to withdraw from the race effectively robbing Taxpayer’s of the right to choose a Democratic candidate.

special thanks to Eric Kleefeld of TPM

telliottmbamsc's picture
May. 20, 2010 3:06 am


In Colo. when a state senator resigned...his party leaders from his district selected his replacement. A few dozen people voted his replacement into office until the next General Election.

That's one reason why getting involved at the local level is so important.. A half-dozen people in each precinct can capture a political party...nominating their own for county/state/national conventions....where candidates are selected.. Very few Americans participate at this level.. The established machine wins by default.

Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

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