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We talk with Mike McCabe about running for governor

May 3, 2017
Mike McCabe

A letter of support has been circulating for Mike McCabe of Blue Jean Nation to run for the governorship in 2018.  I spoke today to Mike on the phone about this letter.


Dear Mike, We strongly urge you to run for governor. Our reason is obvious: the levers of political power have been seized and are being manipulated by those interested primarily in self-enrichment and personal power. The actions of those who currently control the Capitol are extremely short-sighted as well as morally and ethically corrupt, and sap our state of its underlying strength and vitality.

The people sense this, and are hungry for a different kind of leadership. You are the right answer. You are an upright man, not interested in self-enrichment or power for power’s sake, with a feeling for the needs of others and your country. We are aware that you would rather not run for office. With the landscape littered with professional politicians and career office holders, your understandable and admirable reluctance to run only makes you more appealing to us and enhances your viability as a candidate. Added to that, you are a natural leader, with a vision of what is right, a rare gift for putting that vision into words, along with uncommon sense about how to turn words into actions. Also, the timing is right.

We need you to run because of who you are and where you are from. Rural Wisconsin is in crisis, and the rural-urban divide is growing disturbingly wide. You are farm raised and have deep rural roots, so you have what so few of today’s politicians have, namely an understanding of rural life and the challenges small-town residents face and an ability to speak their language.

We need you to run because the major parties are broken and you belong to no political party. You are a true independent and have been speaking truth to power for decades as a nonpartisan government watchdog. For decades you have shined light on the misdeeds of Republicans and Democrats alike, and have blown the whistle on them without fear or favor. That makes you a public servant in the truest sense. That’s what Wisconsin needs now more than ever.

We need you to run because Wisconsin politics has grown corrupt and there is no one in our state who has worked harder for a longer time and done more to fight political corruption than you. Truth is becoming an increasingly scarce commodity in our society, and no one in our state has demonstrated a greater devotion to truth telling than you and been more willing than you to speak the truth even when few want to hear it and some actively seek to silence it.

Because of who you are, where you are from and what you stand for, we believe you will find a deep vein of support across the state. We know running would be a huge sacrifice for you and your family. But now is the time. Your state and country are crying out for the kind of leadership you would provide. Politics and government are fouled up, and Wisconsin has lost its way. We need a jolt to the system. Wisconsin needs you.

Paul Linzmeyer, business leader, De Pere Rick Adamski, farmer, Seymour Mark Neumann, physician, La Crosse Joe Mastalski, retired pharmacist, Hazelhurst Ed Gorell, farmer, Eleva Matthew Wiltzius, cook, Stevens Point Rhonda Sitnikau, stylist, Green Bay Phil Blazkowski, regional planner, Janesville Stephanie Ortiz, domestic abuse prevention coordinator & Black Lives United, Green Bay Brian Gronski, farmer, Suamico Masood Akhtar, entrepreneur, Middleton Cory Schneider, insurance salesman, Stevens Point Catherine Parker, librarian & town board member, Lake Tomahawk Corina Norrbom, physician, Rothschild Casey Hicks, student, Green Bay Jeanne and Dan Patenaude, Butternut Ellen Johnson, nurse, La Crosse Geraldine Hamm, wellness coordinator, Waupaca Dr. Paul Summerside, retired health care CEO, De Pere Roger Schnitzler, publishing company owner, Wisconsin Dells Ed Busby, IT technician & retired educator, Park Falls Nick Dutton, insurance agent, La Crosse Monica Hofmann, nurse practitioner, La Crosse Avery Van Gaard, landscaper, La Crosse Avrum Lank, author & retired journalist, Whitefish Bay Ben Welch, animator, Hortonville Jay Graff, military veteran & chauffeur service owner, Waupun Paul Ahrens, student, Green Bay Dr. Thomas Wiltzius, psychologist, Appleton Monica and Ken Golomski, retired educators, De Pere Katie Groves, Sparta Jennie Black, resort owner, Hazelhurst Ralph Knudson, retired family practice physician, La Crosse Dave Pauly, insurance executive, Madison Mary Oldenburg, student, La Crosse Hiroshi Kanno, retired farmer & World War II internment camp survivor, Wisconsin Dells Arlene Kanno, retired science teacher, Wisconsin Dells Kathy and Chuck Ivey, La Crosse Mark Scheffler, financial services manager, Appleton Ake Stroede, Wausau Mike Ouimette, bartender, Hazelhurst Rich Langan, Green Bay Chuck Young, retired college professor, La Crosse Lynn and Nancy Utesch, farmers, Kewaunee Steven Goschey, contractor, Random Lake Ann Tyndall, chaplain, La Crosse Nino Amato, senior citizen group leader & former utility executive, Middleton Paul Willems, military veteran & publishing business owner, Green Bay Joan Hauer, registered nurse, Minocqua Kathy Lefevre, county supervisor, Green Bay Tanner Klein, student, Stevens Point Stephen Minnema, minister, La Crosse Jim Snyder, realtor, Arbor Vitae Jennie Kleven, physician, La Crosse Judd Van De Hei, business owner, De Pere Sara Bell, health care educator, Fond du Lac Hank Roessell, retired police detective, Hazelhurst Peter Gorski, grocery co-op employee, La Crosse Deborah and Jim Kinder, Wisconsin Dells Laura Grovogel, health care professional, Allouez Michael and Nancy Slattery, farmers, Maribel Samuel Birenbaum, student, Eau Claire Kris Edwards, project manager, La Crosse Jeff Kane, gas station service, Hazelhurst Phillip Marquart, data manager, La Crosse Peggy Snyder, office secretary, Woodruff Jenny Chevalier, independent business owner, Green Bay Adriel Denae, musician & arts organization leader, Appleton Curt Christianson, retired teacher, Mercer Kris Molinaro, speech therapist, Minocqua Cathy and Gary Simmons, retired teachers, Arbor Vitae Charlie Frisk, retired science teacher, Green Bay Courtney Zambon, student, Green Bay Jim and Jeannie Groskreutz, La Crosse Jane Jacobi, registered nurse, Minocqua Russ Kopp, tile setter, Lac du Flambeau Jeannie Linzmeyer, arts business operator, De Pere Richard and Lisbeth Reynertson, La Crosse Debra Kopp, housewife, Lac du Flambeau Dmitri Martin, Waupaca Dr. Robert Pyne, college administrator, De Pere Mary Kubinet, customer service representative, Woodruff Deborah Buffton, college professor, La Crosse Joe Augitto, architect, Hazelhurst Pete Angilello, school librarian, Green Bay Vic Ouimette, chamber of commerce & county board member, Mercer Joy Olson, La Crosse Kim Hilliker, retired radiologist, Wausau Kyle Schneider, student, Green Bay Kirsten Margitan, Spanish teacher, Minocqua Mary Hilliker, registered nurse & yoga instructor, Wausau Sam Prahl, electrician, New London Cole Piechowski, student, Green Bay Dave Maki, insurance agent, Lac du Flambeau Christine Rasmussen, accounting administrative assistant, Weyauwega Katie Schierl, Neenah Vicki Vohs, Janesville Margie Jessup, programmer analyst, Milton James Crisco, Wild Rose Thomas McGrath, Wausau Chuck Johnston, Fitchburg Marsha Gerlach, retired food service manager, Waupaca Larry Sleznikow, instructional technologist, La Crosse Carolyn Sleznikow, registered nurse, La Crosse Rachel Teske, physician, Onalaska Lowell Wickman, veterinarian, Oshkosh Jill Wenzel, New London Sharon Locklin, health training manager, Green Bay ILah Hartung, retired human services case manager, Janesville Maria Jenquine, Waupaca Connie Weeks, retired teacher, Milton Bruce LaRose, retired school administrator, Hazelhurst Dave Kropilnicki, retired school custodian, Waupaca Jim Crist, Madison Dawn Broderick, Waupaca Betty Kossik, Green Bay Elizabeth Feil, continuing education seminar planner, Altoona Nicolette Collier, New London Ursula Armstrong-Neisius, self-employed former truck driver & postal worker, Redgranite Cliff and Carol Claus, Woodruff Harvey Skjerven, forestry service director, Minocqua Colleen Skjerven, dog grooming service owner, Minocqua Rebecca Thieme-Baeseman, Waupaca Vern Gosdeck, math teacher, Sun Prairie Andy Teichmiller, business owner, Woodruff Sharon Gosdeck, dental hygienist, Sun Prairie Sue Teichmiller, physician assistant, Woodruff Mary Dunphy, clinical lab specialist, Minocqua Erv Teichmiller, minister, business owner & county board member, Woodruff Lewis Kuhlman, city planner, La Crosse Kevin Hundt, student, La Crosse Tom Neubauer, retired business owner, Whitefish Bay Greg Bassett, handyman & retired optician, Hazelhurst Wendy Bassett, speech pathologist, Hazelhurst Bart Hebert, physical therapist, Woodruff Mary Hebert, secretary, Woodruff Phil Carey, Madison Chuck Bohmert, retired teacher, Arbor Vitae Larry Caldwell, pharmacist, Minocqua Pam Caldwell, church secretary, Minocqua Richard Gee, retired power plant supervisor, Minocqua Donna Gee, retired teacher, Minocqua Fred Locher, retired orthopedic surgeon, St. Germain Laura Locher, artist, St. Germain Lori Mastalski, paralegal, Amery Ken Mastalski, industrial quality control specialist, Amery Paul Fankhauser, farmer & former meat inspector, Madison Sharon Fankhauser, business owner, Madison John Margitan, retired surveyor, Minocqua Bonnie Margitan, retired teacher, Minocqua Obbie King, web developer, La Crosse Jim Jorstad, IT director, Stoddard Jane Jorstad, retired elementary school teacher, Stoddard Mark Strohsahl, retired social worker, Hazelhurst Barb Strohsahl, nursing educator, Hazelhurst Dave Burton, assistant school principal & former corrections officer, Arbor Vitae Kathy Burton, small business owner, Arbor Vitae Kay and Mel Hoff, Lake Tomahawk Andy Binder, retired salesman, Minocqua Julie Clark, retired realtor, Woodruff Darlene Buraczewski, accountant, Maribel Mike Buraczewski, nuclear power procedure writer and operator, Maribel Dorothy Buraczewski, retired retail sales clerk, Minocqua David Asman, New London Dan Stephens, Madison Allen Pruitt, financial services representative, La Crosse John Small, village president & county supervisor, Marathon P.J. Early, administrative coordinator, St. Francis Jerry Stepaniak, Wauwatosa Charles Lee, retired professor, La Crosse Dannette Lank, community volunteer, Whitefish Bay Doug Chapman, business training administrator, Eleva Jacki Kossik, Eureka Bradley Butterfield, English professor, La Crosse Susan Crutchfield, professor, La Crosse Rosie Brooks, stay-at-home cook and artist, La Crosse Robert Hughes, Onalaska Nancy Heerens-Knudson, retired physician assistant, La Crosse Jessica Thill, educator, La Crosse Carol McKy, business services, Middleton

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