Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate to hand out KKK hoods at GOP event
Wisconsin state representative Brett Hulsey has come up with a gimmick to boost his long shot candidacy for governor. He says he plans to hand out white hoods at a Republican convention this weekend.
Democratic candidate for governor Brett Hulsey plans to hand out white Ku Klux Klan-style hoods to Wisconsin Republicans as they gather for their annual convention Friday to highlight what he says are their racist policies.
Hulsey, a state representative from Madison who is white, came into the state Capitol press room on Thursday to show off a hood he says he made with his daughter's sewing machine using curtain material he purchased for $1.
"It's a Wisconsin Republican Party hat," Hulsey said. "And people can interpret it any way they want."
When asked whether he was serious, trying to be funny or provocative, Hulsey answered: "All of the above."
Hulsey, a two-term state representative, is running a long-shot campaign for the Democratic nomination against the better-funded and more broadly supported candidate Mary Burke. She is a former state commerce secretary and Trek Bicycle Corp. executive. Her campaign spokesman Joe Zepecki called Hulsey's latest stunt "completely unacceptable and totally inappropriate."
Hulsey has a history of outlandish behavior.
Hulsey contemplated bringing a musket onto the Assembly floor to call attention to GOP policies, like legalizing carrying concealed weapons, that he opposed. Last year, one of his legislative staffers told police she feared for her safety because he brought a box-cutter to the office.
In 2012, Hulsey pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct citation after police accused him of flipping a 9-year-old boy off an inner tube at a Madison beach and taking pictures of the child. Hulsey told police he just walked by the boy and didn't "touch or molest him." He also said he needed to point his camera toward the boy in order to get a shot of a sailboat and the sunset.
Democrats and Republicans alike were quick to distance themselves from Hulsey's latest antics.
"We take serious issue with the policies pursued by Republicans that disproportionately affect communities of color, but this type of behavior has no place in the public dialogue," said state Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate.
I don't see what Democrats are complaining about. Don't they watch MSNBC? Don't they listen to Rep. Thompson, or Al Sharpton? Don't they listen to Eric Holder or their own president?
Democrats routinely accuse Republicans - all Republicans - of being racists and of promoting racist policies. Taking the accusation one step further by alleging that Republicans are no different than violent, virulent racists is probably being applauded by many Democrats who read about it.
I hope this guy scores an upset and wins the Democratic primary. It would make Governor Walker's re-election campaign a lot of fun to watch.