Kelda Helen Roys took veiled swipes at fellow 2nd CD Dem candidate Mark Pocan in her speech to the delegates, saying those who take corporate PAC contributions to fund their campaigns are part of the problem and cannot be part of the solution.
Roys called for public financing of political campaigns and said the system was broken even before the “lawless” Citizens United decision came down from the U.S. Supreme Court. She also knocked those who accept corporate PAC contributions, a charge her campaign has leveled at Pocan in the race or the Dem nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison.
She said Dems need a higher standard in their candidate for the 2nd CD to follow a progressive like Baldwin.
“It’s time to take a stand. It’s time to fight back, and I’m running for Congress because I’m not going to capitulate to those Republicans,” Roys said. “If you give them an inch, they will punch you in the face.”
Roys also knocked fellow Dems who supported some of Gov. Scott Walker’s early bills before he “dropped the bomb” with his collective bargaining bills. She said the guv called the first bills on his agenda jobs legislation, but they were just corporate tax giveaways. Some Dems, she said, went along because they didn’t want to rock the boat early in the honeymoon period, but she knew it was wrong and voted against them.
Weeks later, Walker told the public the state was broke, which she said some Dems unwittingly helped him create by supporting those tax breaks and then allowed the guv to justify slashing education and destroying the safety net.
Roys' campaign has knocked Pocan for supporting two of those tax credit bills, which passed the chamber 82-12.
“Wisconsin wasn’t broken. Walker broke us,” she said. “We cannot afford that kind of complacency.”