Here’s the feel-good-low-on-details soft launch video. (Soft as a down comforter.)
There’s plenty of imagery of farming and the focus is on her dad’s creation of the Trek bike company in Waterloo and her expansion of the company and on making jobs.
I expect a nice lady campaign a la Tammy Baldwin but with the non-statement statements of a Tom Barrett. But I admit it’s early in the game and candidates always start soft like this.
Burke is not exactly attractive to those of us who occupied the streets and Wisconsin’s Capitol building in 2011. First off, the way Dems have tried to both choose Burke and keep their choice under wraps is an insult to our intelligence.
Then there’s the matter of Burke’s politics. They’re in some kind of virtual swaddling clothes, they’re THAT tightly under wraps.
As far as I can tell, what Burke has going for her is
* having some money
* being the Dem Party’s chosen one
* being a “job creator”
* being female [lots of resentment is built up over Walker's gyno-governing]
Her other asset is that she has almost no political past – except for donating some money to a charter school in Madison. That “asset” becomes weaker the closer you come to Madison where she’s already branded as “neo-liberal” among those who were closer to that school fight.
In the liability column is the fact Burke will surely see Trek’s manufacturing process foreign and domestic torn apart by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.
I’ve already made it clear that I think Senator Kathleen Vinehout should run for governor.
Sadly, I believe she’s made it clear to reporters that she probably will not run if Burke runs.
Senator Vinehout has in the past suggested that if Mary Burke ran for governor, she might not run, but her tone changed in August. (See the August 5th WPR piece titled “Kathleen Vinehout Says Democratic Primary For Governor ‘Not A Bad Idea’” for more.)
If- – -that is IF – - Senator Vinehout won’t run then we’re going to need somebody else to jump in the ring and force the parade to focus on the complete sham that Wisconsin’s government has become under Tea Party rule AND focus on the rape of Her resources.*
I’m certain there are some tongues clucking out there in concern – - thoughts that this left winger is throwing the Burke out with the bathwater.
Sorry cluckers. I simply need more information before I can have any excitement for Burke let alone lift a finger for her.
1) I need to know if any contender for Gov will take advantage of the power Walker has consolidated in the executive branch and become just another king (or a new queen).
2) I need to know if any and all contenders plan to keep the state on Walker’s ‘open-for-business-and-damn-the-environment-and-the-people’ track.
In other words, it is just as easy for cronies of Democrats to come in and swoop up private contracts at county homes and open up voucher schools and let the miners removes the hills as it is for Walker’s GOP cronies to.
For Comparison’s Sake
Just for kicks, I dug up the video Tammy Baldwin released when she announced her run for the U.S. Senate.
I remember at the time I felt it was wayyyy too soft. Now that I’m viewing it again and comparing it to Mary Burke’s, I have to admit that at least Tammy expressed a variety of opinions and concerns in it – such as that she felt that we should bring troops home from Afghanistan, that she fought the overturn of Glass-Steagall, and that she said ‘no’ to war in Iraq.
To focus on the open pit mine, on the privatization plan set up for our public schools, on the loss of freedom of speech and association that WI endures without full union rights, on the degradation of our sand hills and the manure running into our streams and on our wolves being slaughtered under a toothless DNR – - just one painful disgusting reality exposed after another full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes.