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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

 11:40 AM 

10th AD candidate ends campaign less than a week before primary

Harriet Callier, a Milwaukee Dem running in the open 10th Assembly District, announced today she's ending her campaign in a statement blasting state Rep. Sandy Pasch, who moved from the redistricted 23rd AD to run in the Dem-heavy seat.

"Given the fact that we all cannot be the top vote getter on August 14, I gladly yield my campaign -- and ask that any support that would have been given to me on Election Day be given to Millie Coby as elected representation for the 10th Assembly District," Callier wrote in the statement.

Callier added that while she and Coby, a non-profit organizer from Milwaukee, "may not agree on a few of the finer details," her experience with Pasch, D-Whitefish Bay, "borders on that of the most hatefilled extremist."

"Too often I measure life responses by the repressive work of Gov. George Wallace of Alabama," Callier wrote. "The staged work of PASCH and her supporters -- while more visibly aimed at the community -- appears to be directly from the pages of Wallace’s worst playbook."

“I am honored to have the support of Harriet Callier,” Coby said in a statement. “With a united community we can move forward and together work to bring jobs back to our neighborhoods, make sure that public education is fully funded, and do something to tackle rampant foreclosures that are destroying our neighborhoods.”

GAB spokesman Reid Magney said Callier's name will remain on ballot in the new 10th, which includes portions of Milwaukee's north side and the village of Shorewood.

Pasch's campaign did not immediately return a call from WisPolitics. Ieshuh Griffin, D-Milwaukee, also running in the race to replace incumbent Rep. Elizabeth Coggs, who's running for an open state Senate seat.

UPDATE: Pasch said these attacks show that voters “have a choice between a proven leader and fighter for Milwaukee and a candidate who will rubber-stamp the needs of special interests.”

"I am committed to continue working to strengthen Milwaukee and bring our communities together -- not further divide them through attacks special interest groups and my opponents have made,” she said, calling the attacks “baseless and divisive.”

-- By Andy Szal


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