By Collin Roth
On August 8, Democratic Assembly candidate Harriet Callier dropped out of the race for the 10th District and endorsed fellow Democrat Millie Coby. The move came as a shock with less than a week to go before the primary election, but perhaps more jarring was the statement and allegations made by Callier against Rep. Sandy Pasch and her campaign.
Callier’s statement released on Wednesday read in part:
My experience with PASCH leading up to and during this campaign borders on that of the most hate- filled extremist. Too often I measure life responses by the repressive work of Gov. George Wallace of Alabama. The staged work of PASCH and her supporters—while more visibly aimed at the community— appears to be directly from the pages of Wallace’s worst playbook.
The elected 10th District Assemblyperson will have to work closely and diligently with other Northside representation. PASCH has demonstrated that she cannot easily turn from the bitter hate mongering of her campaign to one of civil cooperation with the remaining Legislators. A brief talk with her and you will find that PASCH is still very bitter and vindictive with several Northside issues including her lost to Albert Darling in a previous election. Ultimately, neither side of the 10th District is very likely to receive meaningful support from PASCH—only Democratic Party leaders and Union bosses.
The 10th Assembly District has garnered a great deal of attention due to the wide field of candidates in the race. The new district lines combined both the North Side of Milwaukee with Shorewood. Rep. Sandy Pasch currently represents Shorewood while Rep. Elizabeth Coggs currently represents ares of Milwaukee’s North Side.
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