Rep. Howard Marklein says he will force a primary election upon Wisconsin’s only moderate Republican Wisconsin state senator, Dale Schultz.
Dem. Party Chair Mike Tate says “The good news is double for Democrats-not only will we be able to defeat Howard Marklein in a general Senate election, his Assembly seat in a Democratic-majority District now is ours for the taking as well.”
In the blog post “On the 17th District” Callen Harty says, “The likelihood is that the best Tate can hope for is that Dale Schultz is reelected and that he becomes more independent.”
In summary: Callen Harty reminds the reader that money poured into the primary by AFP will also surely be poured into the regular election, that the two wins there for Obama mean little when it comes to state races, and that the driftless area contains very independent people – who admire independent legislators like Dale Schultz.
And there’s this hefty fact:
“In the 17th district the Senate has had one Democrat elected to office since 1854. One. Since 1854, not 1954. That was popular UW-Platteville professor Kathryn Morrison, who became the first woman ever elected to the Wisconsin Senate and who lasted one term of three years before a Republican took the seat back. The opponent she defeated was Gordon Roseleip, a man who embarrassed himself by failing a taste test when fighting to keep margarine illegal in Wisconsin and who wanted to build a new bridge between Iowa and Wisconsin in order to be able to transport troops more efficiently.”
I’m inclined to agree with Callen on this one.