Wisconsin’s working families, at least those in WI-02, have had solid support from Rep. Tammy Baldwin since 1999. Now, she wants to represent all of the state’s residents and is running for Senate. Daily Kos is more than happy to help, and to endorse Tammy as an Orange to Blue candidate.
Tammy Baldwin’s presence would definitely upgrade the Senate Democratic caucus, not to mention diversifying it just a tad. She’s Congress’s first out lesbian, and is co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. She’s worked, uphill, leading efforts to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and other civil rights initiatives. She signed onto Medicare for All all the way back in 2004, saying “We must form a health care for all movement that matches Martin Luther King’s movement for civil liberties.” Hear, hear. And there’s no question where her loyalties lie when it comes to income inequality. She made it very clear in her Senate announcement.
“Just like Herb Kohl, I’ve made standing up for the middle class my top priority,” she said. Baldwin touted her 1999 vote, along with Feingold and others, to oppose the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, which created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and separated commercial and investment banking. “It’s time politicians looked out for seniors, working families and the middle class — instead of protecting the profits of big oil and Wall Street,” Baldwin said.
She’s also lead sponsor in the House for the Buffett Rule, the legislation that would ensure that millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share.
You need only look at Baldwin’s enemies to see that she’s definitely a progressive threat. In what is generally a scary, massive $ 6 million ad buy by the Chamber of Commerce, $ 846,000 is targeted at Baldwin, even though the Republican primary won’t be decided for another week. The ad takes aim at her opposition to the Republican agenda of repealing Obamacare and gutting health and safety regulations, what they call being anti-free enterprise and we call an excellent resume for the Senate.