Thursday, August 19, 2010

Stop the presses! UAW and WEAC endorse Democrat!

Newcomer Steve Brown, college professor and radio geek, is waging a feisty campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Samantha Kerkman in the 66th district Assembly race.

Like any candidate, especially a newcomer, Brown obviously wants to get his name out as much as possible and his campaign keeps on cranking out news releases, many of which hammer at Kerkman's voting record.  Some are becoming a little repetitive, to say the least, but the two most recent are hardly show stoppers.

Brown wants you to know he's pleased that the United Auto Workers and Wisconsin Education Association Council have endorsed his campaign.  That news is hardly equivalent to walking into a microwave cookoff wearing a pacemaker. 

There's an old saying in journalism:  If a dog bites a man, that's hardly news but if a man bites a dog, that's news.

If the UAW and WEAC endorsed a Republican in a contested election that would be news.  But for now, it's just a big yawn.

Don't look for Brown to be yawning much, though.  His repetitiveness may be narrow and myopic but it's not inappropriate to question Kerkman's voting record.  For all we know, Kerkman may have good reasons why she voted the way Brown says she did on the issues that matter to him.  Hopefully she'll step up to the plate and tell her side of the story.

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