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Wisconsin GOP and violence against women

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:35 pm

A new chapter in the Republican war against women has been revealed, right here in the Badger State.

To add to the GOP’s headaches in Wisconsin, where polls show the president dominating the female vote, two Republican candidates in state legislative races could make the party appear insensitive to the issue of violence against women.

One of them, David VanderLeest, is running a hopeless campaign for Assembly in a solidly Democratic district in Green Bay. VanderLeest gained notoriety last year when his long record of domestic disputes and financial troubles became public in his unsuccessful bid to oust state Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, in a recall election.

Although VanderLeest has been arrested at least twice on charges of battery against his ex-wife, the charges were eventually dismissed in both instances, although VanderLeest pled no contest to disorderly conduct in one of them.
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Bill Feehan, a La Crosse businessman and member of the County Board there, was arrested in 2000 after allegedly choking his girlfriend at the time. Similar to VanderLeest, Feehan pled guilty to disorderly conduct in exchange for prosecutors dropping a battery charge.

"This absolutely goes to show his lack of character and respect for women," says Brad Wojciechowski, a spokesman for the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee.

The GOP appears to fully support Feehan, and the candidate himself described comments about his criminal record as a “low blow by the Democrat Party” in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

In reality,the low blows were thrown by the GOP candidates.
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Re: Wisconsin GOP and violence against women

Postby Shorty » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:50 pm

Also, there is this. Probably as payback to his Texas donors, Walker appointed Dennis Smith from Texas to head DHS. Smith hired another Texan, Mary Spear, to be DHS chief legal counsel. Now she was almost killed by her husband here on the East side.

http://www.twincities.com/wisconsin/ci_ ... g-kill-her
Wisconsin lawyer's husband charged with trying to kill her

"A retired Texas businessman was charged with attempted murder Tuesday for allegedly pouring gasoline on his wife at an East Side storage locker then igniting the gas with a lighter. After helping put out a fire that briefly went up her arms and legs, Andrew D. Spear, 59, told Mary Spear that the storage locker, where Spear had his wood shop, would be the last place she would see, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday, Aug. 21, in Dane County Circuit Court...The alleged incident happened after days in which Andrew Spear was alternately despondent and threatening over his belief that his wife was having an affair with her boss, Wisconsin Health Services Department Secretary Dennis Smith, according to the complaint...The couple came to Madison from Dallas in February after Spear was appointed at DHS."

http://www.channel3000.com/news/Man-acc ... index.html
Man accused of pouring gasoline on wife, lighting her on fire

"Dane County prosecutors said a Madison man poured gas on his wife and lit her on fire after accusing her of having an affair. A criminal complaint said 59-year-old Andrew Spear hit Mary Spear, a state attorney, and drove her to their storage unit Aug. 16, where he forced her inside and told her to undress...Mary Spear is the chief legal counsel for the state Department of Health Services."
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Re: Wisconsin GOP and violence against women

Postby bdog » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:55 pm

So...it's ok to attempt to burn women if they are connected to Governor Walker?

Shorty, you are sick.
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Re: Wisconsin GOP and violence against women

Postby bdog » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:07 pm

Sorry shorty, didn't mean it.

Just attempting to rabbleize the thread.

Seems the theme is: more Republicans treat women poorly.

I would tend to agree...but don't have any hard data.

Let's take an informal poll:

Have you done physical harm to your spouse / sig oth?

How do you lean politically?

I'll go first:

- categorically, never
- I'm a moderate in most circles but a Repo (he he) on TDPF
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Re: Wisconsin GOP and violence against women

Postby Ned Flanders » Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:15 am

Henry Vilas wrote:A new chapter in the Republican war against women has been revealed, right here in the Badger State.

To add to the GOP’s headaches in Wisconsin, where polls show the president dominating the female vote, two Republican candidates in state legislative races could make the party appear insensitive to the issue of violence against women.

One of them, David VanderLeest, is running a hopeless campaign for Assembly in a solidly Democratic district in Green Bay. VanderLeest gained notoriety last year when his long record of domestic disputes and financial troubles became public in his unsuccessful bid to oust state Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, in a recall election.

Although VanderLeest has been arrested at least twice on charges of battery against his ex-wife, the charges were eventually dismissed in both instances, although VanderLeest pled no contest to disorderly conduct in one of them.
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Bill Feehan, a La Crosse businessman and member of the County Board there, was arrested in 2000 after allegedly choking his girlfriend at the time. Similar to VanderLeest, Feehan pled guilty to disorderly conduct in exchange for prosecutors dropping a battery charge.

"This absolutely goes to show his lack of character and respect for women," says Brad Wojciechowski, a spokesman for the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee.

The GOP appears to fully support Feehan, and the candidate himself described comments about his criminal record as a “low blow by the Democrat Party” in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

In reality,the low blows were thrown by the GOP candidates.

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Re: Wisconsin GOP and violence against women

Postby Meade » Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:26 am

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Re: Wisconsin GOP and violence against women

Postby TheBookPolice » Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:40 am

Serious question for the BUT CLINTONS PENIS crowd:

Do you think that the two Democrats pictured above would be elected today if their proclivities or scandals were out there for people to talk about? And before you answer, remember that an elected (Democratic) Congressman was forced to resign after it was discovered that he'd sent naughty pictures to a woman; not even an improper physical relationship or accusations of greater crimes, just electronic dong pics.

In the world following social media's advent, do you honestly think B. Clinton or T. Kennedy could begin their national political careers in this communication climate? Not whether they should or shouldn't, but whether or not they even could.
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Re: Wisconsin GOP and violence against women

Postby Meade » Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:41 am

TheBookPolice wrote:Do you think that the two Democrats pictured above would be elected today if their proclivities or scandals were out there for people to talk about?

Depends on what do you mean by "proclivities or scandals". Do you mean their tendencies, inclinations, propensities to rape, sexually harass, and/or commit negligent homicide? (oh, sorry - "[leave] the scene of an accident after causing injury")
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Re: Wisconsin GOP and violence against women

Postby bleurose » Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:57 am

Pretty safe to ignore Meade & Ned. Even a 3rd grader knows that it is no reply at all to simply point to someone else who did something wrong. Certainly isn't any sort of justification, just shows that the responder has nothing to contribute to a discussion :roll:
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Re: Wisconsin GOP and violence against women

Postby Ned Flanders » Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:06 pm

TheBookPolice wrote:Serious question for the BUT CLINTONS PENIS crowd:

Do you think that the two Democrats pictured above would be elected today if their proclivities or scandals were out there for people to talk about? And before you answer, remember that an elected (Democratic) Congressman was forced to resign after it was discovered that he'd sent naughty pictures to a woman; not even an improper physical relationship or accusations of greater crimes, just electronic dong pics.

In the world following social media's advent, do you honestly think B. Clinton or T. Kennedy could begin their national political careers in this communication climate? Not whether they should or shouldn't, but whether or not they even could.

Considering the LSM's track record with Bubba and The Submarine Commander, I believe you can answer your own question. The only difference today, of course, is that bloggers occasionally force the LSM to cover yucky stories about Democrats that don't quite fit the narrative :wink:
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Re: Wisconsin GOP and violence against women

Postby green union terrace chair » Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:10 pm

Everybody's horrible. Case closed.
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Re: Wisconsin GOP and violence against women

Postby TheBookPolice » Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:48 pm

So that's two "I can't honestly answer an honest question" responses, then. Thanks.
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Re: Wisconsin GOP and violence against women

Postby fisticuffs » Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:59 pm

So that's two "I can't honestly answer an honest question" responses, then.


Did you really need this confirmation?
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Re: Wisconsin GOP and violence against women

Postby rabble » Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:05 pm

fisticuffs wrote:
So that's two "I can't honestly answer an honest question" responses, then.


Did you really need this confirmation?

Well it was actually kind of nice to see that point so well made. They couldn't have made it any plainer.
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Re: Wisconsin GOP and violence against women

Postby Meade » Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:25 pm

The answers were more honest than the question.
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