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Harriet Callier Bows Out of 10th Assembly District Race

With less than a week before a Democratic primary, the candidate for state Legislature blasted candidate Rep. Sandy Pasch and said she will be supporting Shorewood resident Millie Coby in the race.

(Updated 3:35 p.m. Wednesday with comments from Rep. Sandy Pasch)

Candidate in the race for the 10th Assembly District seat, Harriet Callier, said Tuesday, less than a week from a Democratic primary, she is bowing out and throwing her support to Shorewood resident Millie Coby.

"Given the fact that we all cannot be the top vote getter on August 14, I gladly yield my campaign — and ask that any support that would have been given to me on Election Day be given to Millie Coby as elected representation for the 10th Assembly District," she said in a statement Tuesday.

With Callier's announcement, the field is reduced to three Democrats — Ieshuh Griffin of Milwaukee,  and Millie Coby of Shorewood. They will square off in a Democratic primary Aug. 14, and with no Republican on the ballot, the winner of the primary earns the seat.

The candidates have debated twice thus far, at forums in and .

Callier took the opportunity to take a strong parting shot at Pasch, characterizing her as bordering on a "hate-filled extremist."

“While Coby and I may not agree on a few of the finer details, two things are abundantly clear: (1) our shared passion and commitment to improving the welfare of the 10th District, and (2) the belief that race-baiting and race hate speech — as Pasch has supported throughout this campaign — destroys lives and opportunities of hope," Callier said.

Pasch released a statement Wednesday, saying conservative special interest groups are funding one of her opponents.

“Despite what these extreme groups supporting one of my opponents will baselessly claim before the upcoming election, my record speaks for itself — as Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader and Chair of the Milwaukee Democratic Legislative Caucus, I have put the needs and priorities of Milwaukee ahead of special interests by fighting to create family-sustaining jobs, improve public education, and increase access to affordable healthcare," she said.

"I am committed to continue working to strengthen Milwaukee and bring our communities together — not further divide them through attacks special interest groups and my opponents have made. These baseless and divisive attacks have no place in our community or this campaign.”

Race has quickly become a central issue to the election, , who urged citizens to "vote for someone that looks like you." 

the political makeup of the North Shore has tilted, with Shorewood lumped into the 10th District, a predominantly African-American district blanketing a good portion of Milwaukee’s inner city.

Pasch has also been challenged regarding her status as a resident outside of the district; .

CowDung August 08, 2012 at 11:34 PM
She brings up pedophilia as the only disqualifier when it comes to adoption. That would apply to everyone, gay or not...
CowDung August 08, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I've left my 30's behind as well, but I don't consider it to be 'very young' at all. A 30 year old isn't someone fresh out of high school trying to make a 'splash' in the world by showing how 'edgy' they can be. When someone is 30 years old with the emotional maturity of a teenager, I don't think they are qualified to hold a state level elected office.
CowDung August 08, 2012 at 11:44 PM
What would have been the cost per job for those jobs you claim would have been created by high speed rail? Where would the money have come from to pay for Wisconsin's share of the costs to build and run the train? Fighting hard for the high speed rail is not a 'plus' in my book...
Keith Schmitz August 09, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Funny (or not). That you make Sandy sound like the kind of politician you like. Alas, she is not,
Keith Schmitz August 09, 2012 at 12:30 AM
What a joke Dung. Bet you were bitching and moaning when she was running as "Not the White Man's Bitch" but now that she endorses your issue, she is like, all wonderful.
Keith Schmitz August 09, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Well, what the hell do you know Dung? Right wing radio has bitched about this for years and so that's all you need to know.
Keith Schmitz August 09, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Whatever.
Keith Schmitz August 09, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Of course this is all hot air. What's funny is the guy who ran in New York on the slogan "the rent is too damned high" would get the vote of these righties if he promoted union busting. The funny but sad part is they have to save their vote for MiniMitt Hovde.
CowDung August 09, 2012 at 01:43 AM
You are sadly mistaken if you are under the impression that I think that She's wonderful.
CowDung August 09, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Do you ever make a point Keith, or do you only come around here to take shots at people?
george darrow August 09, 2012 at 01:56 AM
george darrow The trolls are on full tilt . Attah, attack ,attack with bullshit about Ms Pasch. She is light years ahead of any other candidate. Her expertise in government is needed very intensely. The Banks/corps, have a stranglehold on legislators and the legislative process. Only a savvy stateswoman can really make a difference . Sandy Pasch, is way past qualified. Vote Pasch on Aug. 14th.
Bob McBride August 09, 2012 at 02:04 AM
First email notification - 8:49PM: ********************** Hi Bob McBride, N. Peske also commented on UPDATED: Harriet Callier Bows Out of 10th Assembly District Race. "The trolls are on full tilt . Attah, attack ,attack with bullshit about Ms Pasch. She is light years ahead of any other candidate. Her expertise in government is needed very intensely. The Banks/corps, have a stranglehold on legislators and the legislative process. Only a savvy stateswoman can really make a difference . Sandy Pasch, is way past qualified. Vote Pasch on Aug. 14th." To respond view the comment on Patch. ******************* Second email notification 8:56 PM: ******************** Hi Bob McBride, george darrow also commented on UPDATED: Harriet Callier Bows Out of 10th Assembly District Race. "george darrow The trolls are on full tilt . Attah, attack ,attack with bullshit about Ms Pasch. She is light years ahead of any other candidate. Her expertise in government is needed very intensely. The Banks/corps, have a stranglehold on legislators and the legislative process. Only a savvy stateswoman can really make a difference . Sandy Pasch, is way past qualified. Vote Pasch on Aug. 14th." To respond view the comment on Patch. ******************* Trolls, eh? I guess so....
N. Peske August 09, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Cowdung, here's the scoop, in short: Voucher schools are under NO obligation to take kids with IEPs. They cherry pick the easy and cheap to educate kids with motivated parents, and money is taken out of public schools and given to the voucher school. This reduces the pool of money for public schools, which ARE obliged to educate every child. So when you support vouchers, you are taking money away from the schools that are required to educate kids with learning disabilities, autism, ADHD, SPD, etc. and giving it to schools with basically no accountability who do not educate neurotypical kids any better than public schools do. Also, they can promise the moon then, after they cashed the check, say, oo, we just realized your child needs speech therapy services and we don't provide them. Go back to the public school. Which has to take them in though now they're out the money. Can you see why someone who advocates for special ed kids is INFURIATED by the voucher system?
N. Peske August 09, 2012 at 02:25 AM
CowDung, you forgot the spoon fed soundbite: "Choo choo train."
N. Peske August 09, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Um, in the interests of full disclosure, both hubby and I blog, and we tend to communicate with each other when passing through the kitchen, LOL. IT'S A CONSPIRACY...called being an old married couple!
Bob McBride August 09, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I figured it was probably something along those lines. Just kind of bad form when one of you two is calling out trolls though, don't you think? Hubby might want to forego the potty mouth. That doesn't do much for the credibility either.
george darrow August 09, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Excuse the street talk, perhaps I could of said "lies/slanderous/ridiculous/? no, bull S..t is the right word for it. Credibility not withstanding...
Marvin Gary August 09, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Who said they'd seriously consider Millie Coby, better think long and hard http://bloggingblue.com/2012/08/08/these-democratic-candidates-have-the-scott-jensen-seal-of-approval/
Keith Schmitz August 09, 2012 at 09:41 AM
Bob's specialty, in case you haven't noticed, is cheap cynicism, except when it comes to Republicans.
Bob McBride August 09, 2012 at 10:12 AM
What's your specialty, Keith? Besides projecting, that is.
Bob McBride August 09, 2012 at 10:15 AM
Care to point out any specific lies, slander or things that are ridiculous? If you see some stuff you think you can refute specifically, have at it.
Bob McBride August 09, 2012 at 10:59 AM
"Pasch released a statement Wednesday, saying conservative special interest groups are funding one of her opponents." **************************** I assume that's a reference to what Marvin is posting about, above. Pasch feels threatened by a $11K contribution to Millie Coby's campaign? Once again, this seems to be all about her. She's always a victim of forces out to get her. If she truly wants to relate to the greater portion of the district that isn't already in the bag for her and preconditioned to feel her pain, playing the victim card from the comfort of her home base in WFB isn't the way to do so.
CowDung August 09, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Jumping on Keith's 'attack' train, N? I thought you were above that sort of thing...
CowDung August 09, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Vouchers are funded separately than public school state funding. The amount of funding actually lost by public schools is the subject of great debate. For example, Barca's claim that 'the Assembly voted to take funding away from public school districts and give it to private Milwaukee voucher schools' was rated as 'False'. http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2011/jul/13/peter-barca/wisconsin-state-rep-peter-barca-says-assembly-vote/ The idea that voucher schools are not going to be providing a better education than the public schools is flawed. It's pretty difficult to fall below the education levels provided by some of the MPS schools. If nothing else, voucher kids will likely be in a better environment than they would have been in MPS--less crowding in the classrooms, surrounded by kids who have parents that care about their education, etc. I'd like to think that the Milwaukee kids that attend the Shorewood public schools are getting a better education than they would have had at MPS. As for your accountability complaint, MPS has a pretty dismal graduation rate--what kind of accountability do we really have with our public school system? You are correct that voucher schools are under no obligation to accept anybody, but not all private schools ignore kids with special needs. For example, St. Robert has many special needs children enrolled at their school.
Greg August 09, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Is he on the ballot? He has my vote. Go Jimmy...
dills August 10, 2012 at 04:06 AM
BloggingBlue, Wow ! Sandy Pasch is afraid of a right wing group supporting African Americans. And she's willing to move into Shorewood if she wins, but not the real depths of the 10th district. Better think hard about this vote.
Keith Schmitz August 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM
I'm sure that is something you'd do if you had the chance.
Keith Schmitz August 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM
You really stink as a cynic. Everyday we get oversized mailers from the De Vos group. That's a lot more than $11K. Nice cynical race play on their part, from a group that has fought for the conditions that makes the economic situation in the 10th what it is.
Keith Schmitz August 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Bob, like everything you comment on your apparently didn't read what Harriet said about Sandy, or maybe comprehend.
Bob McBride August 10, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I was asking George to expand on his comment, Keith. If he's got something I'm sure he's capable of responding on his own.

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