Democratic Governor Candidates Condemn Bipartisan Supported Bill

A newly announced Democratic candidate for governor appears to have knee-jerk reacted to another candidate who is seen as running to the left of the field. Senator Kathleen Vinehout withdrew as a co-sponsor of a recently proposed bipartisan supported bill a day after another governor candidate, Mike McCabe, published a press release heavily criticizing the bill. This knee-jerk reaction seems to be largely influenced by her recent announcement of her candidacy for governor as a way to try and appeal more to the left, and to align herself with the views of the other candidates for governor in her party.

The bill that Vinehout withdrew co-sponsorship from is concerned with updating bill 185 which pertains to cooperatives in Wisconsin. Governor candidate McCabe criticized the bill earlier this week writing that, “AB 353 only benefits corporate interests and not the community members co-ops are meant to serve,” while also condemning the rare bi-partisan support of it:

 “The bipartisan support of this bill, along with the bipartisan support of the Foxconn agreement, are just two examples of how the current political establishment is not serving Wisconsin. They are examples of how money continues to have an outsized influence on our elected officials.”

The Cooperative Network, in support of the bill responded that Bill 353 has much needed updates to the 30 year old statute that would give cooperatives more options:

It is important to note that this proposed legislation only broadens possibilities and provides cooperative member-owners with additional options to consider. Individual cooperatives would still require member action to enact a bylaw revision allowing for these provisions.

The bill deals with an arcane issue that is virtually nowhere on the political radar in Wisconsin. That would seem to suggest that Vinehout is watching the actions of other candidates, McCabe at least, and is willing to respond quickly to those actions. Even on an issue that is unknown to most voters. But McCabe’s mention of Foxconn and “corporate interests” appear to have been enough to get Vinehout’s attention. And that could be an indication of how far to the left McCabe’s presence in the race will pull the entire field.