For Gov. Scott Walker, State Rep. Brett Hulsey is the gift that keeps on giving.
In running against Walker’s Democratic opponent, Mary Burke, in the Aug. 12 primary, Hulsey’s antics created a sideshow that, depending on your point of view, were either refreshingly madcap or simply offensive. During the state Republican party convention in May, the rogue Democrat from Madison dropped a plan to hand out Ku Klux Klan hoods and instead dressed up like a Confederate soldier, yellow bandanna and all. He ended up winning just shy of 52,000 votes statewide, in a primary where crossover votes are possible and, in some areas, commonplace.
Hulsey released a concession statement on Aug. 25, and partly for the reason of soliciting money. But first, he notes:
They said regular people can’t compete against millionaires, but I proved them wrong. Your votes for me beat the polls by more than 500%. And I spent very little money, mostly my own.
Why? I am the man with a plan to return over $2.1 billion to our children, students, teachers and hard-working public servants to create thousands of jobs. My 16 years experience in the State Assembly and County Board proved I am the real public servant, not some poser.
Mary Burke is, as has been noted by Republicans, a millionaire candidate with relatively limited political experience (although we’ve covered her rather aggressive learning curve). Hulsey, meanwhile, could use a little of your support, and notes as much at the bottom of the statement:
P.S. Now I need your help to pay off my campaign debt, please donate here or send a modest check to Friends of Hulsey, 733 Struct Street, #44688, Madison, WI 53744. Thanks again!
On primary night, Hulsey tweeted the following, as a gesture of goodwill:
— Brett Hulsey (@BrettHulseyWI) August 13, 2014
But that seems to have evaporated.
— Brett Hulsey (@BrettHulseyWI) September 3, 2014
— Brett Hulsey (@BrettHulseyWI) September 2, 2014
— Brett Hulsey (@BrettHulseyWI) August 30, 2014
— Brett Hulsey (@BrettHulseyWI) August 26, 2014
And Hulsey responded to Dan Bice’s story on Burke today by quoting two words that are not, in fact, part of the story.
— Brett Hulsey (@BrettHulseyWI) September 8, 2014