The following post comes from Deputy Legislative Director David Stacy. David is just one of 30 HRC staff that will be on the ground in 16 states by Election Day, working with HRC-endorsed candidates and engaging our membership about the upcoming elections:
Since landing on the ground in Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday, I’ve been going full speed on volunteer recruitment for Get Out The Vote efforts. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), one of only 14 Senators to vote against the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – and with the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, endorsed marriage equality before any other Senator was willing to – is in a dogfight with a first-time candidate who thinks “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is working well.
The University of Wisconsin, Madison campus of more than 40,000 students and the state capital, Madison, will be critical for Feingold to secure the votes he needs to win the race.
Feingiold has been campaigning hard across the state and today he was in Madison. I joined him for a walk-through of the Madison Area Technical College campus. He was incredibly well received by the crowd. One of the cafeteria workers was so excited she covered herself with about 10 Feingold stickers, from head to toe.
Wisconsin has other races that are important to the LGBT community. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), one of only three openly gay Members of Congress, is also on the ballot. While favored to win, she is campaigning hard and working to turn out the vote to pro-equality candidates throughout the state.
This year, Wisconsin has continued to be the battleground that it was in previous election cycles. The choices for Wisconisn voters are clear.