Buried in the October 21st Wispolitics REPORT:
A new poll looking at the race to replace GOP Sen. Cathy Stepp shows fellow Republican Racine County Executive Bill McReynolds edging out his Democratic opponent, Rep. John Lehman. The poll, conducted by the Building IndustryCouncil, a group associated with the Wisconsin Builders Association, says McReynolds beats out Lehman in name awareness (73 to 64 percent), “hard awareness” – knowing either candidate well enough to form an opinion (47 to 32 percent), and favorability rating (32 to 20 percent).
The respondents to the poll also said the McReynolds would get 38 percent of the vote if the election were held today, compared to 31 percent to Lehman.
Some candidates stub their toe out of the gate after they announce, but Lehman stubbed his toe, sprained his ankle, fell in the mud, got trampled by a family of hippos, and burst into flames. Here’s his quote in the Racine Journal Times in the very article that announces McReynolds’ candidacy:
“Bill McReynolds does not have a legislative record,” Lehman said, “but he does have a record as a sheriff and county executive that I would love to debate… He has the philosophy of small government, watching taxes. And the question is if that philosophy will best serve Racine County.”
So I guess we now know who the candidate of bigger government and not watching taxes is, eh? Is higher taxes the philosophy that will best serve Racine County? It’s almost like Lehman is working for the Republican Party – get that man a membership!
It’s pretty clear that this election will be war – although it will be the first war in which Lehman will ever see action. He was convicted in 1971 of refusing to submit for induction into the armed services for the Vietnam War and served three months in prison*. He was pardoned by President Gerald Ford, which allows him to currently hold state office (unpardoned felons are prohibited from holding state office).
*Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 6, 1996