Mon June 11, 2012
Wisconsin's Democrats convene just days after losing governor recall effort.
Wisconsin's Democrats held the party's annual convention in Appleton this weekend. It came just days after Republican Governor Scott Walker prevailed in a recall election.
The state convention had a "pep rally" feel. Speakers urged the party faithful to focus on winning control of the state Assembly this fall.
One of the big guns was Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a representative from Florida and the head of the Democratic National Committee. She reminded the crowd of Wisconsin's progressive political history, "But the truth is that despite the disappointment that we felt in our hearts Tuesday night the truth is we move forward stronger than ever before."
Also with an eye to November's election is Tammy Baldwin who is the sole Democrat running to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Herb Kohl. Baldwin told the crowd her run is a "moral fight" to protect the middle class.
She also says she has no preference as to which of the four Republicans vying for the Senate she goes up against, "Because I know there's going to be a clear contrast no matter which one it is. Whether it's on their endorsement of the Ryan plan which ends Medicare as we know it for future generations or their insistence that there be more tax breaks for wealthy corporations and individuals where I'm fighting for the Buffett rule and tax fairness so we all do our fair share to balance the budget and reduce the deficit."
The Democratic state convention was capped off by a farewell address by Sen. Herb Kohl.