Kind sold out

According to the La Crosse Tribune, in an article updating readers about fundraising in the race for Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District:

The majority of Kind’s contributions — about 72 percent — came from political action committees, with insurance and health care industries leading all other interests.

According to me, in a column I wrote that appeared in the Tribune in November:

During his 17 years in Congress, Kind has collected $742,000 from the insurance industry, $618,115 from the health care industry and $398,334 from pharmaceuticals. That’s more than $1.7 million total, the vast majority from political action committees.


“CSI’s” Gil Grissom once said, “concentrate on what cannot lie: the evidence.” Kind can hide the real motivations behind his stubborn support of Obamacare, but the trail of money leads to the suspicion that Kind and Wisconsin’s 3rd District have been purchased by special interests.

How much does western Wisconsin cost? And how long will it take for common sense, well-meaning taxpayers in western and central Wisconsin to realize their 18-year congressman has sold them out?

Kind has also come under fire by organized labor for supporting “free trade” agreements that many believe make it easier to ship jobs out of the country, much like Mary Burke’s private sector claim to fame, Trek bikes. In a district that has generally relied on manufacturing and is suffering under the weight of the NAFTA-era economy, Kind’s facade is cracking.

His fundraising, buoyed by massive contributions from Washington special interest PACs, seems to indicate Kind is bought and paid for at this point in his career.

As UW-La Crosse political science professor Joe Heim said in the recent Tribune article, “Sometimes when your time is up, your time is up.”

When voters in Wisconsin’s 3rd go to the polls this November 4, I sure hope they think twice about re-electing a man who has sold them out for a huge warchest. It’s time for Ron Kind’s time to be up.

About the writer: Chris Rochester is editor in chief of Morning Martini. He’s an armchair politico, veteran of several campaigns, and communications specialist. He's the communications director for the MacIver Institute. Commentary here is strictly his own.