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Friday, June 07, 2013

 8:57 PM 

Moore calls Dem Party diverse, daring

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore proclaimed the Democratic Party diverse and daring while promising it will stand up for citizens rather than walking on by as she said Republicans are apt to do.

Moore, with a sequined U.S. flag top under her blazer, used the lyrics of the old Dionne Warwick song "Walk on  By" to describe the philosophy of Republicans.

She said when they see the hungry, the LGBT community seeking marriage or a woman victimized by domestic violence, they just "walk on by."

“As Democrats, we will walk with you and we will not walk on by," Moore said.

Moore then told the crowd the story of a relay race, holding a baton in one hand. She said Republicans are trying to pass on their regressive agenda with the baton passing from RNC Chair Reince Priebus through the likes of U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., before going to U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh.

She said Johnson dropped the baton so U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann could pick it up -- though she thought it was a twirling baton -- and turn it over to Gov. Scott Walker -- "who gets distracted and heads off to Iowa" -- before the baton is miraculously found and passed on to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald while Assembly Speaker Robin Vos tries to wrestle it away before it ends up with conservative pundits.

In contrast, the Dem baton race starts with President Obama before going to U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and then U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, to Moore - "with her new titanium knee" -- and to U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan.

It then goes to Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson and Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca.

“He then gives the baton to the rightful owners, the thousands upon thousands of Wisconsinites who have been patiently waiting at the finish line," she said.

Listen to the speech.

-- By JR Ross


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