Tom Reynolds Comes Creeping Back — Complete With a PAC

Lisa Kaiser at expressmilwaukee.com (née Shepherd Express) brings word that our least-favorite right-wing legislator is trying to make a comeback by way of a political action committee (PAC) called Clean Sweep Wisconsin. Perhaps Reynolds has been emboldened by WMC’s success in placing two of its preferred candidates on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. According to the Shepherd Express article, this new PAC seeks to run “everyday working people…willing to run for office against incumbents of both political parties, and to do that when and where they are most vulnerable: the Sept. 9 party primary elections.”

Do recall that both of WMC’s state supreme court candidates won in low-turnout spring primaries. Perhaps because of this, the Clean Sweep PAC feels they can install their candidates in low-turnout fall primaries.

A notable part of the article:

Clean Sweep Wisconsin’s latest campaign finance report filed with the state shows a cash balance of $450. The PAC took in $860 from individuals and received $600 from the Citizens for Tom Reynolds committee. According to a voice message Reynolds left for an alleged supporter, the former state senator said Clean Sweep Wisconsin is hoping to run 12 candidates in Milwaukee—“eight on the North Side and four on the South Side”—and has already found “eight or nine” candidates.

Reynolds said that he had a candidate to run against South Side Reps. Christine Sinicki and Tony Staskunas, “and we’re still working on [Josh] Zepnick and [Pedro] Colon.” All of these legislators are Democrats. None of their districts has a Republican As of this writing, only Sinicki has a registered challenger in the Democratic primary, Steven Sutherland of Cudahy. Since no Republicans have registered for that race, it could allow that district’s conservative voters to oust Sinicki by voting in the Democratic primary.

Good luck running this time, when likely Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has been bringing out new voters in droves. I don’t take much comfort from that, though. The right’s recent successes are the products of years of hard work on many levels. Clean Sweep PAC shall be watched on many fronts.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.

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