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Friday, June 03, 2011

 7:14 PM 

Abele lays out why he's a Dem

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele ran in a nonpartisan race. But he left no doubt in his remarks to the delegates what letter belongs behind his name.

Opening with a shot at Gov. Scott Walker and GOP lawmakers for increasing state spending on road building in the midst of deep cuts for other programs, Abele then laid out why he is a Democrat.

Beginning each line by saying “I’m a Democrat because,” Abele said he belongs to the party because he believes in fundamental fairness, that society should empower its citizens, that education and health care should be available to everyone, that he’s pro-choice, believes “you should be able to marry anyone you want,” and that the Bill of Rights is a “pretty nifty thing except for the occasional misinterpretation of the Second Amendment.”

“I define myself not by what I’m against, but what I’m for because I’m a Democrat,” Abele said.

-- By JR Ross


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