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Friday, March 10, 2006

Kagan, Nusbaum & Wall to Hold Unity Rally for 8th CD

Dr. Steve Kagan is running for the 8th CD as a Dem. to take the place of Mark Green who's thrown his hat into the Republican Governor's Primary. Also running for the Dem nod is Nancy Nusbaum who's campaign has been strangely silent with only 6 months left until the Dem primary and Jamie Wall (who?).

The 8th CD Dems have taken a bold first step into the Primary race by calling a Democratic Unity Rally this weekend.
(Does the Dem party need anything more than it needs unity right now?)

This seat is up for grabs on both sides of the aisle with Green stepping down and strong leadership is going to be needed to win against Republican front-runner and nutbag (i.e. let's get rid of birth control for UW students-that'll teach women for trying to get an education and have sex at the same time...; write discrimination into our state constitution--to drive theocrats to the polls in Nov.; make sure minorities, the young, the poor, elderly, and disabled have a harder time voting-AB 63; 8 year old's need to sit in a car seat, but can hold a loaded gun to shoot a live animal; oh I could go on a long time about his legislative insanity...) John Gard in November.

I don't know much about any of these candidates and don't live in the district, but I like this move!

Here is what I've been about to find out about the race so far: Dr. Kagan seems to be doing all the right things--raising money (plus he has a nice stack of his own), reaching out to moderates (not hard to do these days) on issues they care about - e.g. privacy, and sticking with easy to understand and universal themes (healthcare). He's also from areas of the district that have deep conservative roots, but also a deep loyalty to the Kagan family. Not a bad package. Nancy has the famed and powerful Emily's List behind her, but also a mixed reaction from my relatives in the area who just don't seem to have a great feeling about her time in office (I don't claim to know why, they just say they have a "bad taste" - exact quote). I hear she's great on the issues, but can she pull the 10-15% of moderate votes needed to win?? Who knows? I can't seem find out enough about Jamie to even make an uninformed opinion...

As long as these three keep it friendly, and use this Primary to prop up the profile of the Dems in the 8th, I predict the next Congressperson from the 8th CD will be a Dem.

Nice Move!!



Friday, March 10, 2006
CONTACT: Jessica Erickson, Communications Director, 608-260-2406


Democrats to Host Unity Rally SUNDAY to
Take Back the 8th Congressional District

Democrats Rally Around Home-Grown Wisconsin Values While John Gard
Brings Vice President Cheney and Washington Values to Green Bay

MADISON – In response to Vice President Dick Cheney’s visit to Green Bay on March 13, Democrats will host a unity rally to highlight the importance of taking back the 8th Congressional District and sending a Democrat to Washington who will fight for the values of Wisconsin families, not the special interests.

The unity rally will be held on SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2006 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Brown County Library in Green Bay. The three Democratic candidates for the 8th Congressional District – Dr. Steve Kagen, Nancy Nusbaum, and Jamie Wall – will speak at the rally, along with Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton, State Senator Dave Hansen, State Representative Tom Nelson, and Democratic National Committee Representative Stan Gruszynski.

“The leading GOP contender for the 8th CD is simply more of the same tired, broken leadership failing us in Washington, and now he is bringing Dick Cheney and his Washington values to Wisconsin,” said Joe Wineke, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “It is time we send a representative to Congress from the 8th CD who will fight for the priorities of the people of this district, not the special interests.”

WHO: Local Democratic Activists in the 8th Congressional District
Democratic Candidates for the 8th CD:
· Dr. Steve Kagen
· Nancy Nusbaum
· Jamie Wall
Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton
State Senator Dave Hansen
State Representative Tom Nelson
DNC Representative Stan Gruszynski

WHAT: Unity Rally to Take Back the 8th Congressional District

WHEN: Sunday, March 12, 2006
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Brown County Library -- Lower Level
515 Pine Street
Green Bay


Thinker Out Loud said...

To fill you in. I first met Jamie Wall a few years ago, and have become incredibly impressed by him as an individual and as a leader.

To put it bluntly, Jamie Wall is an exceptional candidate. Young, energetic, with deeply held Democratic values, coupled to vast business and political experience having worked with some of the biggest companies in the world and heading up Wisconsin's economic development team for Gov. Doyle.

Jamie has worked for everything he has. Jamie grew up on a small farm outside Green Bay, with his father working at the local corrections facility as a second job. Jamie became the first in his family to go to college. During his time at UW, Jamie's academic abilities, leadership qualities and sporting achievements won him a Rhodes scholarship - the first Rhodes scholarship from Wisconsin in a generation. He then went on to work in business, before being invited by Governor Doyle to use his skills to help with the economic development of the state.

On a personal level, Jamie is deeply committed to the community which gave him the opportunities that allowed him to succeed. His commitment to public service has been shown throughout his life. This is why Congressman Dave Obey, the senior member of Wisconsin's congressional delegation, endorsed Jamie almost a year before the primary. There is no one who wants a Democratic majority in the Congress more than Congressman Obey, and his endorsement showed that Congressman Obey believes that Jamie has the best chance of beating John Gard in the general election.

As for Jamie's campaign. If you don't include money donated by the candidates themselves, Jamie has RAISED more money than any of the other candidates in the race, and is more visible and active in the community than any of the other candidates running.

Jamie is an exceptionally smart guy, with a clear command of all the issues. Jamie doesn't need paid consultants or outside groups to tell him where he stands on issues, and has always been proud to call himself a Democrat. He certainly seems to be the best chance the Democrats have to take on a strongly partisan, yet politically savvy and knowledgeable candidate like John Gard. When running against as formidable opponent as John Gard, you have to fight fire with fire, not with hot air!

He also seems like a really approachable and down-to-earth guy. I’m sure if you want to know more about what Jamie has been up to, he’d be more than happy to talk to you about his background and what he thinks he can achieve in Congress.

Hope that helps you fill in the mystery of who Jamie Wall is.

Crawford's Take said...


I'm happy to announce that a new liberal (although seems to not be all that sure of that) blogger has entered the Wisconsin blogosphere!

Welcome! We all look forward to hearing your thoughts on the issues...

Note of advice though, anonymous blogs just don't have the credibility of those where people have the guts to put their real names on them.

John said...

Why is some kid running for Congress?