May 13

Fitzgerald’s strange statement

Scott Fitzgerald recently made a strange statement to the Wisconsin State Journal:

For the record, Fitzgerald said he doesn’t buy Compas’ Pollyanna image. He knows some people are painting the race as a David-vs.-Goliath contest. But Fitzgerald said he thinks her husband is one of the main forces behind her campaign, as well as unions and protest groups.

“I don’t for one minute believe she is the organizing force behind this whole thing,” he said.

When told of Fitzgerald’s statement, Compas was audibly stunned.

“That is pretty insulting, but it does seem in keeping with his general views on women,” she said. “He doesn’t seem to have a lot of respect for them. That’s OK; he can keep underestimating me.”

Compas said that if Fitzgerald really doubts she is a serious candidate, he should accept her invitation to debate. “I have challenged him to five debates,” she said. “If he thinks I can’t handle myself, he should come out and face me.”

Coverage by Daily Kos, Huffington Post, WKOW, WISNFree Whitewater, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

My family and I made a video response. You can watch it here.

Fitzgerald, welcome to the 21st Century!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.loricompas.org/2012/05/what/


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  1. Tony Larimer

    One of my greatest joys has been enaging my wife in respectfull discussions about politics. Most of the time we agree sometimes we dont. I am hardcore union (IBEW191) she is anti-union and my 19 year daughter is pro-mom. This year for my 55th birthday my daughter registered to vote. Whether you win or lose Mr. Fitzgerald has already lost. Often in the middle of the night I worry. Then I see the lighthearted righteousness of your ad.
    Tonite I will sleep well. your cause is just

  2. John & Mary Murphy

    Wow!!! You all make us smile, BUT, more importantly at this juncture. you give us clear and pronounced reason to be happy to be Americans/world citizens.

    Sorry there are wounded (?) souls like Mr. Fitzgerald that need to be responded to, but thank each of you for responding to him/his ideals with such truth, clarity,, speed, graciousness and humor (humor for Aunt Becky).

    We’re spreading your good works out here, California and DC (where our kids are), too.

    Thanks for dropping such far-reaching and healthy pebbles in waters that need them.

    John & Mary Murphy (Estes Park, CO)

  3. Anna Marshall

    Wise, compassionate, resourceful….AND a sense of humor. Lori Compas, you go! Just the kind of person Wisconsin needs in government.

  4. Julie Louther

    Lori, what a great video, and as a response to Fitzgerald’s words, is so clever. Most people would feel compelled to lash back in a negative way, and your use of humor is fantastic. Wish I lived in your district so I could vote for you! Luckily I have great respresentation with Mark Miller and Chris Taylor, here in the Madison area. Best of luck, I will be supporting you when talking with others.

  5. Gayle Reynolds

    I can’t vote for you because I live in another state. What I can do is send good vibrations and hope that you beat the pants off that misogynistic, brainless piece of work you’re up against. Best of luck!!! P.S.–Loved the cute video.

    1. Mark

      Don’t just send ” vibrations” gladys, send a contribution! I don’t live in her district either, but that’s still what I did!

      At some point one has to put one’s money where one’s mouth (heart) is, sadly enough in this modern political age. There has rarely been a more refreshing candidate, vs. a more mean and ugly candidate, than in this race Compas vs. Fitzgerald. Buy yourself a smile on your face today — and with luck a HUGE grin on June 5th — and kick in a few bucks to help her out!

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