We’ve decided we’re going to take up Rep. Mark Pocan’s (D-Madison) approach to the media–tell them exactly how you want them to talk about your opponents and put in a plug for your good looks. No really, you at least have to give the guy credit for boldness because there’s no doubt he’s emboldened in his new position in the majority party of the Assembly.
Pocan is worth paying attention to because he has an agenda and he’s motivated, dedicated, and powerful (member of the Joint Finance Committee, the first group of legislators to get a crack at the executive budget). Fully two weeks before Gov. Doyle unveiled his budget proposal for health-care benefits for state employees’ domestic partners and a statewide, marriage-like, same-sex domestic partner registry, Pocan was talking about it as “a top UW-Madison priority.”
Pocan and his ilk realize that the only way to get something like this on the books is to shut the opposition up. The gov’s budget is a prime example that attacks on the institution of marriage are not going away and the only way for us to protect marriage is to show up, stand up and speak up on the issue.