No, Mary Burke Didn’t Plagiarize Her Jobs Plan

Let’s get something straight: Mary Burke didn’t plagiarize portions of her jobs plan from other governors’ campaigns.

She signed off on a platform for creating jobs in Wisconsin that was drafted by a well-paid consultant, reviewed by her team, and put into print to appease liberal voters and just enough moderates to get elected. And that’s the problem.

This jobs plan is designed for political, not economic, gains. The Burke Campaign would have you believe she deserves your vote because she would bring an outsider’s business-oriented, solutions-based pragmatism to Madison to cure what ails it. So far, every move she’s made has been a careful political calculation, and the policies she supports would make liberals happy but certainly do nothing for the economy: a minimum wage exceeding market equilibrium and collective bargaining rights for public employees, or her sudden aversion to incentive-based programs which until now were the foundation of her philanthropic giving.

This has happened for two reasons: First, Democrats can’t be too open about what they believe on the campaign trail or they’d never get elected. Second: The Democrats in Wisconsin needed someone marginally electable who could tell those lies in the process. She is a hyper-partisan now, and she certainly will be if elected.

She’s cultivated an air of superiority that transcends politics-as-usual, a crime she and her campaign systematically accuse the governor of committing. She erroneously argues he puts politics and money ahead of the state’s wellbeing, but that’s obtuse.

The stories of Wisconsin’s successes in the light of Act 10’s passage are many — I’ll point to one anecdotal and personal example: A teacher friend last night told me he attributes a recent and significant pay raise to the governor’s policies. If Mary Burke can point to one man talking about a bad experience with a school district in Neenah as a reason to undo Act 10, I can leverage a similar argument in support of it. (Further, did anyone ask if the guy she was talking to was one of the bottom-feeders skating by and keeping his job because union rules wouldn’t allow the firing of a useless educator?)

Ms. Burke is a partisan hack, an acolyte of liberal politics, a puppet of Democrat policy, a useful pawn in the aggressive war to unseat the governor. She’s proving to be the opposite of everything she says she stands for, both in what she says and what she doesn’t.

She has patently ignored her time in Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration while campaigning. To that end, she completely forgets — quite literally — much of her past when asked, allowing me to fill the gaps with imagined sordid affairs on par with a Days of Our Lives script that aren’t useful but are entertaining. Like for her time snowboarding in South America (which, even after all I’ve written about her, I know to be a thing but don’t know much more than that): Mary snapped her boot into the binding as her husband, Manuelo, dodged a right-hook from Enrique, the mountain’s maintenance boy she recently helped free from a separatista labor camp in the jungle….

Mary Burke is a hairdo. A political hack and partisan. She’s not interested in reform or change or economic development or social progress for Wisconsin. Her job is to get elected to allow party bosses to use her to run the state.

One of our first stories about Mary Burke, almost a year ago, was called, “Mary Burke’s veneer thin enough to see through.” Not much has changed — and maybe now, finally, people in Wisconsin will recognize her true motives.

About the writer: Nik Nelson is publisher of and Founder/CEO of OpenBox Strategies, where he connects political candidates and small businesses with excellent digital marketing tools and strategies.
  • Cindy K

    Smartly written, but change that font! I can barely read it on my machine.