As much as voters complain about the constant negative campaigning in politics, there is no shortage of evidence that attack ads work. The state of Wisconsin, in particular, is still weary after being hit over the head with over $60 million spent on advertising in its recall race — most of it out-of-state money and plenty of it for negative advertising.
So, there was an expectation that when Tammy Baldwin’s seat for U.S. Congress in Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District opened up, that the two Democratic candidates — State Representative Mark Pocan and Kelda Helen Roys, an attorney and a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly representing the 81st Assembly District — would take on a very important and very spirited positive and constructive debate and leave us with all kinds of ideas on how to get our country back on track again.
Unfortunately, Roys went negative from the get-go. Some of the negative stuff was far-fetched enough for people to take back their endorsements of her. Instead of touting her positives and her experiences, Roys, who many people think would potentially make a very good politician, attempted to scare people into voting for her. Can she be blamed? It has proven to work in so many places across the United States with low-information voters in the dumbed-down political process. However, this is Madison. And that doesn’t fly here — especially against a candidate like Pocan with 20 years of goodwill, community service, and consistent strong positions.
Pocan has established himself as a credible leader who knows how to build relationships to fulfill our goals of better health care, education, and jobs for Wisconsinites. He has the legislative knowledge and experience to stay independent from the powerful special interest groups in Washington D.C. just has he has done in Madison.
Pocan has proven himself as an advocate for working people and the common man. He has spent his career fighting for middle class families and he’s gotten results. He will carry the torch of Wisconsin’s proud progressive tradition in the 2nd District. The Madison Times encourages you to vote for him on Tuesday, Aug. 14.
After what has felt like a short time since the recall elections, it is hard to believe that it will be Election Day once again next Tuesday, August 14. There are four Republican candidates running for United States Senate. Of the four primary candidates in the election, we believe that one candidate in particular deserves to advance to the general election against Tammy Baldwin and that is Tommy Thompson.
Thompson served as Wisconsin's governor for 14 years and went on to serve as United States Secretary of Health and Human Services for four years. Following his time in government, he has spent that last eight years in the private sector, working to build businesses and create jobs. No one in the primary field has the breadth and depth of experience of Tommy Thompson, and that is what sets him apart.
His accomplishments as governor were significant; Tommy cut taxes 91 times, helped create 740,000 jobs, reformed welfare, and championed school choice. While his past success is important, it is his plans for the future that are most critical. Tommy has a comprehensive plan to balance the budget, cut regulations to create jobs, cap and cut spending, cap revenues, and reform social security and Medicaid before they are bankrupt.
We need someone who can get results and begin working on day one and that person is Tommy Thompson. The Madison Times endorses his candidacy for U.S. Senate and urges you to vote for him on Aug. 14.