Sen. Chris Larson Visits Hudson to Campaign for District 10 Recall Challenger Shelly Moore
Wisconsin state Sen. Chris Larson (D-District 7) spoke at a rally and worked a call center shift at Moore's campaign office in Hudson on Aug. 2.
At 5 p.m., Larson addressed about 40 Moore supporters gathered just outside the Moore campaign office. Moore faces Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-District 10) in a recall election on Tuesday, Aug. 9.
"It's hard to believe we are one week away from the election—actually one week and three hours until the election is over," Larson said as he underscored the importance of Moore's get-out-the-vote effort. "Not everyone is expecting in the middle of August to go out and vote. Most people have other things on their mind. Most people are going on vacation, they're getting ready to start the school year, they've got other things going on."
Larson went on to share get-out-the-vote success stories from around the state for the July 12 primary races. He also spoke about the Wisconsin Republican Party tactic of running candidates of their own as Democrats to force primaries and delay general recall elections.
"In no case was that more serious than up here, where not only did they try to put a fake candidate out there, they actually tried to knock out Shelly in the primary," Larson said. "And I'm thrilled to see that you guys worked so hard to make sure that didn't happen."
Fleeing the state
He also talked about the time in February he spent in Illinois with 13 other Wisconsin State Senate Democrats. The 14 Democratic senators denied their Republican colleagues a quorum to pass Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, which contained controversial collective bargaining changes.
"[Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-District 16)] told me to bring an extra shirt and a toothbrush, and he thought we were going to be gone for a day or two," Larson said. "What happened was you all showed up at the capitol—and the state showed up, and the woke up. The middle class woke up and saw what was going. When we looked back and saw we had the state's supporting us, we kept going—we stayed away. We made sure that you had enough time to read that trojan horse of a bill."
Getting to 17
Larson also emphasized the importance of winning enough state senate recall elections around the state so that the balance of power in the capitol can shift away from full Republican control in both houses and the governor's office.
"This race—the 10th—is crucial to us making sure we get to the 17 votes we need to have a majority in the senate," Larson said. "Hopefully in seven days and a couple of hours, it's going to be a very good day."
Grateful for support
After the speeches were over, Shelly Moore expressed her gratitude for the senator's efforts in helping her campaign.
"One of the things that's meant a lot to me is the support we've gotten from around the state from various elected leaders," Moore said. "I think the reason it's important isn't so much for me, but for our volunteers. It validates their efforts and it validates their work. It says what you're doing is important to people even outside Senate District 10, and I think that means a lot to them."