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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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