Empower Wisconsin | March 17, 2020
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Never let a crisis go to waste.
That’s been the left’s modus operandi for some time — particularly when it comes to campaign fundraising.
As President Trump was declaring a national emergency Friday in the face of a rapidly spreading COVID-19 outbreak, congressional candidate Amanda Stuck was firing out a fundraising email to would-be donors.
“Right now, it’s more important that people take care of their health and safety than go to political events,” wrote the Appleton Democrat, running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, in the 8th Congressional District race.
But Stuck, who also represents the 57th Assembly District. won’t let a pandemic get in the way of fundraising. Her appeal for public safety ends with this ask: “Chip in $10 or $20 right now, if you can.”
“Our opponent isn’t going to let a public health crisis stop him from calling up big donors to write even bigger checks,” asserted Stuck, who also represents the 57th Assembly District.
Gallagher, though, has refrained from sending out such tone deaf campaign fundraising solicitations during the coronavirus crisis. He has held telephonic townhall meetings with state Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk, and he’s called on the United States to become less dependent on China for medical supplies. At the same time, Gallagher helped write a bipartisan plan aimed at modernizing cybersecurity policy.
Stuck’s appeal asserts “Coronavirus will impact how we live our daily lives — colleges and schools are closing or going virtual, retail and restaurant workers aren’t sure if they’ll get enough shifts or be able to take time off if they get sick, and there simply aren’t enough tests being done.”
“I truly hope we’re not headed to a public health crisis, but we must take every precaution possible,” the appeal insists.
Apparently one of those precautions is chipping in to Stuck’s campaign.
She’s not the only Democrat trying to politically profit from the pandemic. Former Vice President Joe Biden recently was taken to task for seeking campaign contributions with the coronavirus in mind. Republican strategist Karl Rove noted a recent appeal by the Dem Party presidential frontrunner. The email included Biden’s speech on the handling of the coronavirus and a “Donate to Joe Biden” button at the bottom.
“He’s raising money off of this,” Rove told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “Does he have no shame?”