Saturday, January 12, 2008

Way, way, way over the line

Jim McGuigan can say what he wants about anyone he wants, but his overtly sexist, stereotyping post on Supervisor Lynne DeBruin doesn't do him any credit.

To be up front about it, I'm supporting Lynne DeBruin in her bid for re-election. This has less to do with Dan Cody-- he could well be the best candidate for some other position -- than with DeBruin's record as a hard-working common-sense supervisor.

Cody, though, should be distancing himself from McGuigan's post. That he hasn't done so -- and it's a stretch to try to believe that he doesn't know about it -- is troubling indeed.


Daniel Cody said...

Hi Gretchen,

As you correctly pointed out, this is something Jim choose to write on his own, ironically, in a post about how he has no involvement in my campaign, which is correct.

Unfortunately, I don't have as much time as before to keep track of what everyone in the Wisconsin blogosphere is writing due to taking care of my own two young children, supporting my wife who's in graduate school, out knocking doors every night and weekend, and of course working! :)

I did get a heads up about this late last night finally from a friend, but want to say a few words about this, before heading out to knock doors again today.

As I saw you post on another website, you commented that "this race has descended into garbage" and I have to disagree with that characterization that things like what Jim wrote have anything to do with the campaigning going on.

My campaign is based on communicating with residents of the 15th district about my positive message of change and leadership.

There have been multiple times where I've called out what I consider poor votes made by Sup. DeBruin on issues like standing with Scott Walker and cutting funding for the 211 Impact line and the court system. However, there's nothing wrong or negative about pointing out the facts and how I disagree with her on issues such as those above. Taking a stand on these issues and many others doesn't degrade the debate in my opinion, but helps to inform voters about the choices they have this spring.

I can understand how what Jim had to say would insult some people, my own family included. But Jim would agree that he speaks for himself, and anything about his specific words should be addressed back to him.

So I hope that makes some sense about my feelings on this. Hopefully you're not completely committed to voting for the incumbent yet Gretchen, because I'm still going to try to win your vote this spring! :)

For now, I'm going to stay focused on running my campaign in a positive fashion and continue to meet and listen to the residents of the 15th district like I have been for the last three months.

If you have any other questions please let me know and I'll be more than happy to answer them!



capper said...

First, let me point out your link goes to the wrong site.

I agree that McG's post is over the line and has quite a bit unneeded commentary in there.

That said, I would have to disagree with your support of DeBruin. She has dropped the ball many a time, and lost her decisiveness, and is being too cozy with Walker for my taste. At least that is my humble opinion.

Gretchen Schuldt said...

The link is fixed. Thanks much.

When you say "dropped the ball many a time," "lost her decisiveness" and "too cozy with Walker," what do you mean, specifically? Those are pretty vague statements.

For my money, she has been deeply involved in opposing freeway expansion and advocating for parks. She has supported the preservation of transit. She also has been a mover behind the renovation of the Washington Park bandshell and our little neighborhood Mitchell Blvd. Park.

Do I disagree with her sometimes? You betcha. The county needs new sources of revenue and I wish there would be some sort of advisory referendum on the issue, which DeBruin has not supported. I do agree with her, however, that a referendum that promises property tax relief is a referendum that lies and should not be put on the ballot.

I don't think disagreement over a non-binding referendum is nearly enough to vote against her.

As for being too close to Walker, she isn't tied to that camp, though she hasn't always disagreed with him. She isn't tied to the anti-Walker camp, either.

At any rate, bring on the issues debate. It's healthy. Let's leave the other stuff alone.

Matt said...

I've lived in DeBruin's district since 8/04. I learned I was in DeBruin's district when Dan Cody knocked on my door and asked for a signature.

It was very cold, and snowy, and this guy was at my door.

So if McGuigan says she's lazy I gotta wonder if this ain't evidence. I don't need her at my door (God knows no more people at the door) but come on. I presume if she had done something (besides sitting around telling Charle Sykes how right he is) she would put a little something in the mail. It's nice you got a bandshell and all, but why do we have to call about streetlights once a month? Not her job? How about she makes it her job.

As Walker degrades the county to the point of nonsense perhaps someone ought to stand up and say "you are full of shit". Is Lynn gonna do this? NO. Because she is part of the get along to get along process that will slowly and steadily turn us into Detroit. Nice job if you can get it, but maybe we don't want it.

capper said...


I am not at liberty to go into specifics in a public forum, as you are aware. But, Matt has hit upon some of my issues. I respect and understand where your coming from. I like some of the things that she has done, but these are outweighed by the things that she has done that I disagree with.

But for what it's worth, I'm only venting, because I don't even live in her district.