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The day after Wisconsin Democrats went public with their frustrations about the Democratic National Committee's lack of support for the effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz tweeted an oblique and partial response:

Enjoyed our conversation, @Barrett4WI. Looking forward to my trip this month to raise money & recruit vols to win back the governor's seat.
@DWStweets via HootSuite
Raising money and recruiting volunteers in Wisconsin may be helpful—if Debbie Wasserman Schultz's presence shakes loose money and volunteers that Democratic nominee Tom Barrett's campaign has missed. But fundraising in Wisconsin is not the way Wasserman Schultz can be most helpful. Raising money in Washington, D.C. or her own Florida district or anywhere else there are rich Democrats who aren't yet fully tuned in to the Wisconsin recall would be more helpful. Having the DNC help fund the Democratic Party of Wisconsin's ground campaign would be still more helpful than that.

This is a close race with few undecided voters; it will be decided by turnout. Goal ThermometerRepublicans will have all the money they need for that, just as they had money to pour into television advertising supporting Scott Walker while Democrats didn't even yet have a nominee to rally around. And if Walker wins, Republican governors and legislators around the country who have looked at the consequences he's facing for his anti-worker, anti-woman, anti-everyone-but-rich-people actions and hesitated to push similar legislation in their states will figure they have the go-ahead to do what they like. It won't just be Wisconsin that will face more Walker policies.  

The stakes are too high for the DNC to stop at half-measures. Please contribute $4 to Tom Barrett to help recall Scott Walker.

See Yosef 52's diary for more discussion.

12:52 PM PT: To add, while a Wisconsin Democrat was quoted yesterday complaining not only about the DNC but about the Democratic Governors Association, the DNC is the primary issue here—the DGA has committed significant funds to the recall election.


Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue May 15, 2012 at 11:58 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and Daily Kos.

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