Andy Craig for Congress: Statement on Gwen Moore’s Endorsement of Hillary Clinton

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Press Release:

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Statement on Gwen Moore’s Endorsement of Hillary Clinton

(MILWAUKEE) Andy Craig, Libertarian candidate for Wisconsin’s 4th congressional district, issued the following statement in response to incumbent Rep. Gwen Moore’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President of the United States:

Gwen Moore, the professed champion of criminal justice reform, believes we should have a President whose tough-on-crime pandering in the 1990s helped bring us today’s moral crisis of mass incarceration. Whose record includes three strikes, mandatory minimums, promoting the death penalty, federal incentives for police militarization, and the systematic exclusion of nonviolent offenders from public programs and employment.

Moore, supposed anti-war Democrat, thinks the next President should be one who not only voted for the Iraq War, but has also been at the forefront of leading America into wars from the Balkans to Libya and Syria; who has not opposed any overseas war launched during her time on the national stage; and who does not plan to return American soldiers from any of their ongoing wars in the Middle East.

Moore, who campaigns as a supporter of legal equality for gays and lesbians, thinks the next President should be one who advocated for passage of the Defense of Marriage Act, and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell; who spent decades in firm opposition to marriage equality; and whose glacial ‘evolution’ on the topic was driven by the most transparently cynical of political calculations.

Moore, who touts herself as a drug policy reformer, thinks the next President should be somebody whose idea of reform is to reclassify cannabis alongside heroin and cocaine; whose husband led the crackdown on medical marijuana programs and the push for mandatory drug testing; and who stands in opposition to the 58% of Americans, and comfortable supermajority of 4th District voters, who support the repeal of marijuana prohibition.

There are many issues on which I disagree with Gwen Moore’s stated position, but at the very least the people of Milwaukee should get principled and consistent advocacy of the message on which she has been elected.

Her endorsement of Hillary Clinton brings to mind the words of ‘Fighting Bob’ La Follette, who in 1912 wrote dismissively of a colleague that “He is a Democrat spelled with a capital D. That means he is not progressive, but partisan.”

8 thoughts on “Andy Craig for Congress: Statement on Gwen Moore’s Endorsement of Hillary Clinton

  1. Thomas L. Knapp

    Nicely done. Especially the La Follette zinger.

    Nuts and bolts tip: Statements like this are somewhat more effective if they can be framed into an action rather than just released as statements, e.g. “addressing [insert name of group here] Craig said …”

    Obviously some kind of real, scheduled organizational activity is best, but if necessary something can be cooked up. When I ran for Congress in 1998 against Ike Skelton in Missouri, some veterans-related issue came up. So I called a couple of my friends, offered to buy them a beer at the local VFW, and voila, same-day press release — “Knapp, addressing a group of veterans gathered at VFW Post #xxxx in Lebanon, said …” At least one paper ran the release verbatim as a news story.

  2. Darcy G Richardson

    Imagine that. Bumping into my two favorite congressional candidates on the same thread.

    Tom’s right. That’s a great statement by Andy.

  3. paulie

    Agreed!

    One very small nit:

    “Moore, who touts herself as a drug policy reformer, thinks the next President should be somebody whose idea of reform is to reclassify cannabis alongside heroin and cocaine; ”

    If you are talking about DEA schedules, marijuana has been in the most heavily controlled category, alongside heroin and LSD, for many decades, long before the Clintons. Oddly, many other drugs that people would expect to be in that category are not, examples being cocaine, meth, oxycontin, methadone and PCP. If you are not talking about DEA schedules what do you mean by reclassify? Federal sentencing guidelines?

  4. Thomas L. Knapp

    It’s the scheduling thing. Clinton proposes to “re-schedule” marijuana down into that lower tier (I think the move is from “Schedule I” to “Schedule II”).

  5. Andy Craig Post author

    Good point about the DEA schedules, I should have double-checked. Strictly speaking, heroin is schedule I, but most other opiates (morphine, oxy, etc.) are schedule II, the equivalent of what we could perhaps call ‘medicinal heroin’. 😉 However, schedule II drugs can still be prohibited altogether, and many are. So either way, Clinton remains a firm prohibitionist. Moore herself “declines to take a position” on outright legalization.

    Thanks everyone, I’m glad you liked it. Moore was on MSNBC around midnight last night making her announcement, I happened to see it online, and I figured I could get a response out same-day for this morning.

  6. paulie

    Not sure what was wrong with the pulled comment in this thread. I won’t say what it was, but it seemed fine to me. I’ll leave it be though since it was a self-deletion and did not have responses.

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