Wisc. turncoat Sherman gets a challenger.


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F4GIB
June 16, 2004, 08:54 PM
Remember this posting from February?

"The prime candidate for support is a North Woods Democrat, Rep. Gary Sherman, of Port Wing, who was a co-sponsor of the concealed-carry legislation but then sided with Democrat Governor Doyle on the veto. His is a profile in courage. He voted to override even though he knew that he was courting trouble from the powerful gun lobby. But he felt that the Republicans were simply trying to embarrass his governor."

Well, he getting a challenger. It's the multi-term legislator he replaced. To send Barb Linton a contribution or other help, e-mail to .

Here is the scoop on her.

"New Challenger
By Mike Simonson
Thursday April 8, 2004
(UNDATED) A legislator who changed his vote in the concealed carry debate may have a challenger. A long-time legislator says she may come out of retirement.

Democratic Representative Gary Sherman of Port Wing co-sponsored the bill that would have made conceal and carry of weapons legal in Wisconsin. He later voted to uphold Governor Doyle’s veto. Now, former legislator Barb Linton may challenge him. She says she’s 99 percent sure she’ll run, but she’s not sure if she’ll switch from the Democratic Party to the Republican ticket.

Linton says she could run as a Democrat, a Republican or a Libertarian, so she says she’ll run where she feels very comfortable. She says at this point in time, she’s comfortable with the number of people in northern Wisconsin who are in the Republican Party.

Linton was a popular legislator from the Lake Superior region’s 74th District. She was often re-elected without opposition but quit six years ago. Sherman succeeded her in 1998, and has been re-elected easily since. However, he says the National Rifle Association, of which he is a member, has told him they want him out of office.

Sherman says that’s no surprise after the last legislative session that also included a proposed ban on gay marriage. He says it was an entire session about trying to divide people and doing nothing but trying to trade on people’s hate and fear in a desperate move from keeping this an overwhelmingly Democratic year.

Sherman is a Democratic floor leader in the Assembly, while Linton served on the powerful Joint Finance Committee."

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Standing Wolf
June 16, 2004, 11:16 PM
Linton says she could run as a Democrat, a Republican or a Libertarian...

Another one of those principled politicians, I see.

Monkeyleg
June 16, 2004, 11:22 PM
>>Sherman says that’s no surprise after the last legislative session that also included a proposed ban on gay marriage. He says it was an entire session about trying to divide people and doing nothing but trying to trade on people’s hate and fear in a desperate move from keeping this an overwhelmingly Democratic year.<<

Horsehockey. Gary Sherman voted for the concealed carry bill in 2002 in the assembly. Last June he put his name on the bill as a co-author. He promised his gun-owning constituents that he would support the bill. He promised every pro-gun group in the state that he would support the bill.

In November, he wrote a lengthy article in his home town newspaper explaining why Wisconsin needs a concealed carry bill. He has long claimed to be for gun rights but, when Wisconsin's most controversial gun bill was up for a veto override, he sided with his governor.

Right up until the day of the assembly veto override vote, he refused to meet with the NRA. At the last minute, he granted our NRA/ILA lobbyist an "audience." It lasted only a few minutes, long enough for Sherman to say he'd heard both sides.

Since that time, Governor Doyle has been escorting Sherman all over the state for fund-raisers. Perhaps the only place Sherman hasn't had a fund-raiser is in his own district. In fact, back in March Doyle got Sherman to drive 370 miles from his district to one of Milwaukee's chi-chi coffeehouses on the notoriously anti-gun East Side of Milwaukee for a fundraiser.

The rumor since Sherman's flip-flop back in February was that, if he's not re-elected, the governor will appoint him to a $125,000+ seat on a state court. There's nothing to stop Doyle from doing that other than this: if Sherman gets a judicial appointment, then every crooked lawyer in the state will know where to shop his scumbag client's case, since it will be obvious that Gary Sherman can be bought.

Gary Sherman has no honor, no scruples and, now, no credibility. I have more respect for the crack-addicted prostitutes in Milwaukee than I have for him. At least they have a plausible excuse for what they do.

Let's make sure that Sherman is toast in November.

Wiley
June 17, 2004, 08:08 AM
Maybe Sherman will get tapped as Demo. VP. Sounds like he has Kerry-think down pat.

halvey
June 17, 2004, 09:03 AM
Good. Sherman has to go.

F4GIB
June 17, 2004, 10:47 AM
Checks can be sent to the Linton Campaign at:
Linton For The North
Route 1 Box 299
Highbridge, WI 54846

The campaign e-mail address is: Barblinton@centurytel.net

sturmruger
June 17, 2004, 03:14 PM
Dick that was very well put Sherman is the lowest of the low.

I think it will be intersting to see how many seats the Republicans can pick up this year. Hopefully enough to overide a veto.

Monkeyleg
June 17, 2004, 06:45 PM
sturmruger, it isn't even a question of getting more Republicans into office.

Governor Doyle is recruiting his own candidates to run against any Democrats who voted for concealed carry. So, he's going after his old friends, Senator Bob Wirch of Kenosha and Senator Roger Breske from the Shawano area. Plus he's going after newly-elected Senator Julie Lassa, as well as a whole host of other Democrats in the senate and assembly.

If we support these people--and the NRA will be supporting many of them--the message to the other Democrats is going to be pretty clear as to where Doyle's loyalties lie versus the loyalties of gun owners.

There are some areas of the state where a pro-gun candidate simply has to be a Democrat. Nothing wrong with that, as long as they're with us.

If Doyle's strategy blows up in his face--and there's an extremely good chance it could--then we may well see a veto override next year.

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