In March, I asked for your help in supporting GOP Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, whose unprecedented recall election battle has been overlooked by the Republican establishment. We were able to give her a considerable boost, but Big Labor is pouring a last-minute infusion of coerced dues-funding into the coffers of her challenger. His name is Mahlon Mitchell and he’s president of the statewide firefighters’ union. Mitchell has busied himself threatening to boycott Wisconsin businesses over GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining reforms. (More here.) Kleefisch, a small businesswoman, has spent her tenure fighting for Gov. Walker’s budget/tax reform and overseeing free-market initiatives to make her state more hospitable to businesses.
The price she’s now paying is an unprecedented recall spearheaded by outside union bosses who are dumping a reported $100,000 into media exactly one week before election day.
Kleefisch urges: “A loss here would mean the Governor looking over his should every day and a chilling effect on every conservative young mom we say should run for office. We need more regular moms to stand up…so will you please help this one stand one more time?”
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, a tea party candidate who is not part of the GOP establishment, is being treated as collateral damage by the party. Outside of Wisconsin, most conservative activists are not even aware that she may be booted from office for simply doing her job. Kleefisch told me that on a recent fundraising swing in D.C., national GOP leaders were shocked to learn of her plight.
While Democratic femme-a-gogues continue their plaintive wailing about a “war on women,” Kleefisch has battled vile misogyny from liberal detractors. When lefty Wisconsin radio host John “Sly” Sylvester accused Kleefisch of performing “fellatio on all the talk-show hosts in Milwaukee” and sneered that she had “pulled a train” (a crude phrase for gang sex), feminists remained silent. A former television anchor, small businesswoman and mother of two, Kleefisch’s quiet work on economic development has reaped untold dividends for the state. But if conservatives who preach the gospel of fiscal conservatism do not act, the profligate progressives’ vendetta against Wisconsin may result in the first-ever recall of a lieutenant governor in American history.
Kleefisch, a 36-year-old colon cancer survivor, is a fighter who points to her two young daughters when I ask why she’s in the political arena. What message would it send to young tea party moms across the country if Walker survived but Kleefisch was hung out to dry? Will Beltway Republican strategists and donors who constantly harp about the need to diversify the party step up to the plate? [Donate to Kleefisch’s defense here.]
President Obama, the AFL-CIO, SEIU, AFSCME and left-wing operatives know that Wisconsin is Ground Zero in their battle against limited-government activists. Their demagogic propaganda war against Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan, who is leading entitlement reform and budget discipline efforts in Washington, is of a piece with the campaign to overturn the popular elections that put Walker, Kleefisch and the GOP majority in place. If they can chill fiscal responsibility and free market-based reforms in Wisconsin, they can chill it everywhere. Will movement conservatives let them?
Flashback, Dana Loesch at Big Government:
Does any race better embody the struggle between the future of liberty and the iron fist of oppression and tyranny than that of a Wisconsin mom verses the machine?
Make no mistake: a loss in Wisconsin will derail the first generation of reform governors. It will affect every other state, and give the President a singular victory from which to campaign as he slides his failed policies off the table.
Not only that, but a loss for Kleefisch could discourage other women from running for office. Conservative women have been met with a barrage of abuse simply for being conservatives, and Kleefisch is no exception. If other potential female conservative candidates see what the left is capable of doing to one currently in office, don’t expect to see them take on the heat of a campaign in the future.
Kleefisch isn’t a victim, though; her focus isn’t on the “war on women” as much as it is the “war by women,” the war the conservative women will wage on big government. Help her.
Flashback, Sarah Palin:
The far Left has targeted Lt. Governor Kleefisch in particular because they know she’s been busy working and hasn’t raised anywhere near the money Governor Walker has to weather his recall. And get this: they are hoping to keep her off the same ballot as Governor Walker, and instead they would love to put her on a ballot during a Democratic primary in order to give her the worst voter turn out possible. It’s vicious. She’s in the fight of her political life for doing nothing more than what she and Governor Walker were elected to do. If Wisconsin sees either of these two go down in defeat, it will have a chilling effect on any public servant having the guts to do what’s right.
This country’s future won’t shine exceptionally as that “City on a Hill” if we cower, refusing to stand up to the radical Left’s intimidation tactics. Their drive towards more government control with selfish demands to incur more debt and halt efforts to rein in unsustainable spending is seen clearly in Wisconsin. One thing for which grassroots independents, conservatives, and blue dog Democrats should be counted on is to take a stand and rush in to help people secure our future by helping those like Rebecca Kleefisch when they need it the most. Now is one of those times.
Bloggers and Twitter users on the Right will be banding together for a grass-roots fund-raising drive to aid Kleefisch all day today. I’ll update with a full list of leaders and participants.
Please kick in something by midnight if you can. Every voice — and ever cent — counts!
Conservative moms are stepping up to counter the femme-a-gogues and their union bosses. Dana writes:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that Wisconsin was a “test run” for November. If the Obama-backed labor machine fails a second time to oust Walker-Kleefisch, this defeat will resonate all the way back to the White House.
Send a message. Do your part today.
Twitchy Team: Support Kleefisch. Fight like a girl!