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Nov 25, 201307:23 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Why is this woman Wisconsin progressives’ worst nightmare?

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Jessie Rodriguez

Mainstream news media and online bloggers here in the Emerald City took zero notice of the special Assembly election last week in Milwaukee County. Is it because the results in the 21st District did not conform to the progressive narrative?

That narrative reads that Republicans have declared war on women, that the Republican Party is whiter than lard on Wonder Bread, that school choice is a Koch Brothers plot, that Act 10 will fall like the walls of Jericho to progressive vuvuzelas.

So who wins the special election in the district comprising the working-class suburbs of South Milwaukee, Oak Creek, and Franklin? A pro-life, immigrant Latina. A voucher school proponent. A young Republican woman. Her name is Jessie Rodriguez. She won with 56% of the vote in what had been, 10 years ago, a Democrat(ic) district. In her day job she coordinates outreach for Hispanics for School Choice. Endorsed by U.S. Reps. Paul Ryan and Jim Sensenbrenner, as Republican as they get. She and her husband, Aaron, a municipal firefighter and conservative blogger, have one child.

Fries the liberal circuit boards in so many ways.

Aaron Rodriguez blogged that the so-called immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera “put out a hit mailer days before the election attacking Jessie as an extremist Republican bent on destroying our public schools. It’s ironic that an organization ... to raise the social status of immigrants would oppose the first Hispanic immigrant ever to run for the state legislature. … What it boils down to is that the 21st Assembly District wanted a conservative. Jessie didn’t sugarcoat her views or hide from her conservatism. She made clear that she supported lower taxes, more jobs, and more choice in education.”

Do catch the complete meltdown posted by Monona-Grove School Board member and Progressive Dane hitman Jeff Simpson. “A complete drubbing ... is it because the Democratic message is not accepted? Of course not.” Jeff then goes on to blame everyone and everything but that very message.

A poster at Jeff’s website schools the teachers union lackey in realpolitik: “People in Franklin and South Milwaukee (and perhaps across the state) don’t care about Act 10. They may not love it, but mostly they don’t care. They are sick of unions, they are sick of talking about unions and it’s a losing message. People who think elections can be won by endlessly dredging up Act 10 are kidding themselves.”


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Nov 26, 2013 02:12 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Jessie Rodriguez is just a blazing, neon sign of what is to come for the democrats next year. Their scaremongering over Act 10 is falling on deaf ears. I guess people are finally realizing the media has been lying to them.

And the fools like to claim the AR15 is a high power weapon. You will never see a hunter like Melissa Bachman use an AR15 to hunt grizzlies. That low power weapon has no stopping power compared to a good old bolt action Remington 700 chambered in 375 H&H Magnum. Mayor Dave is once again only showing his ignorance.

Dave, not B

Nov 26, 2013 04:59 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Oh, give it a rest, Dave. Jessie R. won because disgraced former Speaker Scott Jensen funneled $100,000 of secretive school choice money to her campaign, which she won by the same percentage that the previous GOP rep won by for most of the past 10 years. She's nobody's worst nightmare besides anyone who cares that big money from secret right wing groups now buys and owns our legislature. John Doe 2 will bring this collusion and corruption to light, just like in California. But what do the plutocrats care about million dollar fines? You can cheer our democracy's downfall all you want, but they should worry you, Dave. Their agenda is not your's or that of the rest of us little people.
And it's always nice to see the gun fetishist part of your base chime in.

Nov 27, 2013 07:18 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

"Us little people?" You mean like Latina immigrant Jessie Rodriguez and her firefighter husband?

Nov 27, 2013 09:07 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I DO mean little people like Jessie, her husband, me and YOU, my dear Dave. We are not the 1% and never will be, despite the exaggerated myth of upward mobility in America ("You can be anything!", "In America, anyone can be President!" Puleeze.) We, and especially any blue collar/union conservatives like her husband, are being used and taken advantage of by the rich and the powerful. Sorry, it's true, if you pay attention and have even minimal critical thinking skills, which most people don't. Most are diverted by guns, gays, abortion and anyone with a different skin color, as directed by the 1%. And the 1% are precisely the ones who pay Scott Jensen's salary.
Cynically yours, AnonyBob

Nov 27, 2013 10:35 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

You're a much brighter bulb than us knuckle draggers, clinging to our guns and religion (and Twinkies -- food-like substance of the counter-revolution!). And you're so persuasive! No one can marshall facts in support of an argument like AnnoyingBob. Yet, somehow, Oak Creek, Franklin, and S. Milwaukee voted for a pro-life, pro-gun rights, pro-school choice, anti-socialist Hispanic female. Oops, got to go. I'm getting a message in my left molar from Raoul Koch, the third and most unstable of the Koch Brothers.

Nov 27, 2013 02:14 pm
 Posted by  John

"In America, anyone can be President!" Well we're certainly in the midst of proving that to be sadly true.

"And the 1% are precisely the ones who pay Scott Jensen's salary." Since the 1% pay about 40% of income taxes, one could say they pay for about 40% of gov't employees salaries ... even the 1%-class-war-espousing ones.

Nov 29, 2013 06:51 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

You dim bulbs happily hand the knife to the people cutting your (economic) throat. Class warfare? Darn right; and we (including you) are losing big time. Why don't you try to convince me of how many jobs our Walker Regime of Austerity has created? Compared to, say, Minnesota?
Any candidate elected with dark money will put those donors' needs ahead of their constituents'. Jessie will be a reliable vote for Felon Jensen and ALEC. South Milwaukee? Not as much. Need proof? See: Walker, Scott.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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