Sarah Manski sent the following update to supporters of Wisconsin Green Party candidate for 77th District State Representative Ben Manski:
Ben’s opponent, Brett Hulsey, is very worried.
Two days ago, Hulsey sent out a fundraising letter. The letter says he is facing “strong opposition” from our campaign. The letter complains about the “attack ads” we’re running (those are the ads where we point out, quite accurately, that he took $192,000 from a coal-burning utility to lobby for a new coal plant).
Ben’s opponent is right. We are building a “strong opposition.” But we need your help right now. Right now. We need to raise $6,000 by Tuesday to pay for our next mailing. Please give $100 or more, right now: http://votemanski.com/contribute
Mr. Hulsey wasn’t expecting any of this. He expected that if he stuck the label “Democrat” on his forehead, he would win. But now he’s finding that the electorate are not unthinking, party-line-voting robots. And he’s getting desperate, saying desperate, disturbing things. We expect thatthe Hulsey campaign will strike back, hard, at Ben in the coming week. Please support Ben now, when he needs you most: http://votemanski.com/contribute
Our message is catching fire with voters. They’re excited to see a candidate who has the courage to say that we need to raise taxes on the wealthy and on corporations, and to dramatically cut the size of our state’s prison system, replacing prisons with programs of restorative justice that cut recidivism while saving the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Not the usual political rhetoric, but the truth — and it’s getting a good reception in one of the smartest and most progressive districts in the nation.
That scares the economic establishment. It scares them that unions and leading Democrats are backing Ben, the Green. It scares them that yard signs are popping up in every neighborhood of the district. It scares them that Ben is surging, and that his win would inspire a demoralized progressive movement to demand more, organize more, win more.
Yes! We are building a “strong opposition.” And Ben and I do need your help right now: http://votemanski.com/contribute