It really isn't.
It's about Lori Compas and Kristen
Dexter - two Wellstone Action alums, and two other candidates in today's
historic recall elections.
Maybe you saw today's results and feel
defeated. Maybe you wonder why anyone would want to do this: campaign on
their ideas, values, and convictions when all the money's going to the
“I assumed someone else would step up....People were calling on me to run. I decided I could do this.”
That’s what Lori Compas told Wellstone
Action a few months back. A self-described regular citizen who had been
uninvolved in politics, Lori quickly found herself at the helm of
recalling Senator Scott Fitzgerald. And once the papers were filed and
no one else was stepping up to challenge him, Lori plunged forward.
People were calling on her.
Meanwhile, former State Representative
Kristen Dexter was rising as the candidate to challenge Terry Moulton.
Kristen, a Camp Wellstone alum like Lori, already had one successful
election in her repertoire. And also like Lori, Kristen, too, was “an
average citizen who never aspired to be a leader”. Except that we needed
We applaud the efforts of all
those involved in the recall efforts, especially Lori and Kristen, and
we thank you for believing that Wisconsin deserves better. We are
extremely proud to support not only these candidates running with
conviction, but the thousands of committed citizens, activists, and
volunteers who also stepped up to lead. We thank our partners across the
state - WI Progress, We Are Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Voices - for being
at the forefront of a long, arduous process to restore hope and
authenticity to politics - because an awful lot of us believe in both.
We end every Camp Wellstone with these
words from Paul: “Politics is not just about power and money games;
politics can be about the improvement of people’s lives.” And we are so
totally proud to stand with Lori and Kristen as they fought - and we
suspect will continue to battle - for the Wisconsin that all of us
At Wellstone Action, we're in the business of improving people's lives. And this business doesn't end tonight.
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