Wisconsin Democrats Made Huge Pro-Choice Strides In Tuesday Primary Election
The defeat of State Representative Peggy Krusick was the sweetest moment on Tuesday. There is little that can be said about her legislative career that does not end in people wanting to scream. No one will miss her under the dome–other than the Republicans who were her allies.
Krusick seemed destined to rub people the wrong way. Last year she angered her fellow Democrats when proposed removing race as a factor in awarding higher education grants. She was always using that type of charm in the statehouse, and as a result was not a team player or much of a caucus member.
The only thing left to say about her defeat is why in heavens it took so long in coming. In the end Krusick was plastered under vote totals that allowed her opponent to win with about 70% of the vote. What is so remarkable about this race is that Daniel Riemer, a 25 year-0ld University of Wisconsin-Madison student, took a break from law school to campaign, and end her career in politics.
A little-noticed liberal group made a big impact in Tuesday’s Democratic legislative primaries in Milwaukee, ousting two longtime incumbents with attacks on their left and likely ensuring that no strongly anti-abortion Democrats will remain in the Legislature when it returns next year.
Wisconsin Progress easily won its targeted races with candidates it had helped recruit and train, with law student Daniel Riemer crushing Rep. Peggy Krusick, a three-decade veteran Democrat from Milwaukee, and community organizer Mandela Barnes stunning Rep. Jason Fields, who had served for eight years.
Another candidate backed by the group, Milwaukee County Supervisor Nikiya Harris, also won her Democratic primary for the state Senate. In Democratic Milwaukee these three primary victories essentially mean all three candidates will also win the general election.
The victories put in place Democrats who will stand with others in their party in opposing voucher schools in favor of public schools and supporting abortion rights, said Scott Spector, a former labor official who is now the executive director of Wisconsin Progress.
“Democrats have lost their way on that, standing up and taking a stand,” Spector said.