RW: Candyland Goes Beyond Baldwin

Tomah might be in western Wisconsin, but a potentially explosive scandal at the VA Medical Center there has gotten more attention in Milwaukee than in La Crosse. There, the dispersement of prescription opiate pain medications has skyrocketed in recent years.

In addition to holding Sen. Baldwin accountable, other Democrats should be asked real questions about what they knew, when they knew, and what they did about it, because deaths have been caused by this problem.

Kind, a potential challenger for Sen. Johnson in 2016, and Shilling, a possible replacement for Kind or even a gubernatorial candidate in 2018, should be held to account. I write:

Kind and Shilling in particular are rising stars in the state’s frazzled Democratic Party. They’re rising stars because, like Baldwin, they’ve nurtured reputations as bland toers of the party line who specialize in pablum rather than action.

Kind, a possible challenger for Sen. Johnson in 2016, may want to put down the dumbbell in the Congressional gym and start writing more of those famous talking points.

Whole thing here.

About the writer: Chris Rochester has worked in communications and finance for a state Senate and congressional campaign, consulted on numerous Assembly and local races, and has held leadership roles in his local Republican Party. He's communications director for the MacIver Institute. Commentary here is strictly his own.
  • Kat

    Last line about putting the dumbbell down at the gym and writing more talking points – Brilliant! This whole situation is just disgusting and I’m ashamed that they would not have more respect for our veterans.

    Also agree wholeheartedly about them being rising stars in the party – seriously! Who else do they have left?! Everyone out in Washington/crazy Gwen Moore think Russ Feingold is going to save them in 2016 and beyond…it has to be Ron Kind. Who else would it be?!

    • Kat

      Also, this is Katie. Name is showing up weird.

  • Clyde Fromona

    Steve Doyle and Ron Kind have been coaching Shilling. Every thing with
    Shilling since November has been collaboration, compromise, finding
    common ground, differences can be bridged, being BI-partisan, yeah, yeah, yeah!

    want the Shilling Jennifer of 2011, Fist bumping those being arrested
    for desecrating the Capitol and disorderly conduct, marching around fist pumping, screaming “shame, shame,
    shame” at Repub State Senators, screaming and charging the assembly podium during a vote and singing at noon in the rotunda.

    Jennifer where have you gone?

    PS: look for Marquette Baylor to turn up on some other Dem Senator’s payroll timely enough she doesn’t have a gap in any federal gov’t pension time!