Pro-Amendment Candidate Loses Treasurer Over Hit Piece
UPDATE: I was finally able to post the images. Also, a reader pointed out this additional article from The Northwestern about Robin Makar and Julie Pung Leschke.
The Oshkosh Northwestern is reporting that a treasurer for Republican Assembly candidate Julie Pung Leschke has quit the campaign because of smear tactics, including a mailer that hits Democratic candidate Gordon Hintz for opposing the amendment.
The treasurer, Robin Makar, apparently joined the Leschke campaign because she knew her personally--not necessarily because she agreed with the candidate's views on every issue. Makar has been active in helping local efforts to defeat the ban, despite Leschke's support for the amendment. I met her recently at the League of Women Voters forum in Oshkosh.
Makar told The Northwestern she had grown increasingly frustrated with the flow of money and negative ads from outside interest groups in the campaign. She had decided to quietly resign. But then a pro-amendment flyer started showing up in Oshkosh-area mailboxes that was clearly designed to hurt Gordon Hintz. Makar felt compelled to speak out:
"When I saw that postcard and it was just a lie. I saw that it was such a political ploy not just to damage Gordon and damage this amendment – that is really near to my heart, I so believe it’s wrong," Makar said. "The combination of two things being such lie and it being about something I feel so strongly about, I can’t be quiet about stepping away from this."Guess who paid for the mailing. Julaine Appling's Wisconsin Family Action, Inc. But who knows where they got the money from. They are not required to reveal that information. Technically this is "issue advocacy," not express political advocacy.
You should be able to click on the images of the mailing to see a larger version.
If you're seeing signs of amendment supporters' activity locally, whether ads on TV or mailers like these, please let us know.
NOTE: I am trying to load the images from the mailing but the Blogger image uploader isn't working. Will keep trying.