And it appears, I’m not alone. Fellow legislators call on her to clean up her act!
Legislators Call on Rep. Roys to End False Attacks
Madison, Wisc. – Today, State Representatives Terese Berceau and Andy Jorgensen called on candidate Kelda Helen Roys to end her false, negative attacks against colleague, fellow Democrat and competitor in the 2nd District race, State Rep. Mark Pocan.
“Once Representative Roys began to attack Mark’s integrity, we felt the need to stand up to these far-fetched attacks,” stated Rep Andy Jorgensen (D-Fort Atkinson).
Both Jorgensen and Berceau noted that Mark Pocan serves as a “tireless and effective advocate for corporate accountability” since he was elected in 1998.
“To try to tie Mark Pocan to Governor Walker or the Koch brothers is totally inaccurate and over the line,” said Jorgensen. “But more than that, it’s a distraction from the records of these candidates, and you need to be able to run on your record.”
Previously, Roys declined to sign the clean campaign pledge Pocan circulated amongst the Democratic candidates.
“It’s unfortunate that Rep. Roys declined to sign a clean campaign pledge and indeed has resorted to distortions and dishonest claims about her colleague, Mark Pocan in order to win,” stated Berceau (D-Madison). “Voters in this district recognize and abhor the Republican playbook of repeating a falsehood until people believe it’s true. It is not the Democratic way.”
Pocan led the enactment of a ban in the Assembly on fundraising that continues today – to end the influence of special interests during the budget process. He also helped pass a bill to publicly fund judicial elections and introduced the first bill mandating 100 percent public financing of elections.
“If Representative Roys cannot run on her own record and merit, she should not have gotten in this race,” said Berceau. “Choosing to distort her Democratic colleague’s record, and sully his reputation, after all his years in elected office, shows a lack of the integrity Rep. Roys claims to hold for herself.”
Pocan is currently at an American Legislative Exchange Council conference in Salt Lake City, joining a national coalition to expose ALEC’s plans for new corporate-sponsored legislation.
“Mark Pocan can truly talk about what he’s done to bring progressive values to the way we do business,” Berceau stated. “It’s time for Rep. Roys to do the same.”
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