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.”