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Wisconsin Teachers Revolting Against the Demands of Their Union Bosses

Some rank-and-file members upset with WEAC endorsing a unproven candidate for statewide office who has lost twice already.

As Wisconsin taxpayers are faced with an , rank-and-file members of the state’s largest teachers union are fuming mad over the endorsement of a candidate that was hand-picked by their leadership.

Kathleen Falk, the former Dane County executive, was endorsed by Wisconsin Education Association Council bosses on Wednesday, with one condition: Uphold a promise to veto the budget reforms instituted by Gov. Scott Walker.

Hours after the endorsement, a petition on change.org was created to demand that the union rescind its endorsement of the former chief executive of the second largest county government in Wisconsin. Rank-and-file members were upset with WEAC endorsing a unproven candidate for statewide office that lost two times.

Any keen observer of Wisconsin politics knows of Falk’s failed runs for statewide office. In 2002, she finished dead last in a three-way Democratic primary for governor to then-Governor Jim Doyle and former Congressman Tom Barrett. Four years later, Falk lost a bid to be Wisconsin’s attorney general during a wave election for Democrats.

Falk was forever infamous during the 2006 attorney general’s race for blatantly lying about J.B. Van Hollen’s role in a child sex predator case and accusing him of releasing him on bail despite he was not district attorney at the time of release.

A handful of Democratic sheriffs and district attorneys endorsed Van Hollen because they knew that Falk could not be trusted to be Wisconsin’s top law enforcement official.

WEAC’s rank-and-file members have every right to be upset about their leadership endorsing a unproven candidate. They are questioning if a candidate who met in secret with the union bosses is worthy of their endorsement. Could this backlash translate into support for State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, who announced her intent to run on Wednesday? Only time will tell as Wisconsin’s Democrats will face a very divisive primary that will pit their grassroots versus the big labor bosses that are telling them who they should vote for.

The only person that will benefit from the union’s divisiveness is Walker. As Walker will not have to face a primary election, he will enjoy a fund-raising and organizational advantage that the liberals will have a hard time replicating. The unions may face their worst nightmare during the Democratic primary if they do not listen to their front-line members that make up the Democratic Party.

Kyle Maichle is a blogger on LibertyNews.com, where this post first appeared.

red February 14, 2012 at 01:48 AM
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red February 14, 2012 at 01:49 AM
----That explains all the rabid, mad dog comments on this blog against teachers. Whoa hoah - comedy gold. You guys are the best!!!!
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Keith Schmitz February 14, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Next week I'll be reading the comments section in the Fort Walton Beach paper, and that place is loaded with righties unlike here. You know what? The comments there are no where as insane and out of control as what gets thrown up (literally) here. Goes to show that when people perceive themselves as marginalized like the righties here in the north shore they lash out.
Keith Schmitz February 14, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Tell you what. I can't wait to see the comparison of how Falk left Dane county versus what 1% Walker did. At least in Dane you can walk under doorways without fear of pieces of it falling on you. Falk is a good candidate and I will not let right wing crazies or Rebecca Raccoon define her for me, but by the time we get to the election, Walker will have stunk up the joint so bad no amount of Koch or other vulture capital will save him. So we'll have the double pleasure of turning out this corrupt incompetent and having tons of money go into the state economy.

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