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Friday, June 08, 2012

 10:20 PM 

Dems say no time for a break

Speaker after speaker at the convention has urged the crowd to take a breather, maybe take some time away and get ready for this fall.

Several delegates, however, say it's no time to take the foot off the gas.

"Like when you're on a bicycle, you keep pumping," said Damon Freeman of Milwaukee.

The guv's collective bargaining changes that sparked a series of Capitol protests last year also drove progressives and Dems to the polls to express their displeasure in last spring's Supreme Court race, last summer's Senate recall elections and this past week's attempted recall of the guv.

Each time, however, Dems came up just short of their ultimate goal, though several speakers this week have urged delegates to focus on their success in retaking control of the state Senate.

And after those setbacks, some have wondered whether some Dems may stay home this fall or have a hard time getting up for the November elections and what impact that could have on Barack Obama's chances of winning Wisconsin again.

Darlene Todd of Stevens Point said the time to take a break is already past. Todd said delegates at the convention are not the types to get dispirited over an election loss, and she said she has no fears they'll be charged up and ready to go come November.

Still, she said core party activists may need to do some work to keep the grassroots engaged after Tuesday's setback.

"We'll have to keep going back for some of them," she said

Lafayette County Chair Mike Gallagher said there's too much on the to-do list to take a break now, from the presidential race to an open U.S. Senate seat and local offices.

"I think we have to keep working," he said.

-- By JR Ross

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