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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2002 6:17 pm 
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On one hand, having a local name on the state ballot for governor could be considered an honor – what a power trip to see your name alongside some of the state’s big-wigs. And, while we have to give a local teacher, George Pobuda, credit for the gumption he showed in doing something about his political concerns, our praise ends there. In no way, shape or conceivable form should he have considered running for governor.

His is definitely a grassroots campaign and he takes pride in admitting he’s just a “common person,” not “a professional politician.” (“Who is to say that any common woman or man in Wisconsin doesn’t have good issues that should be listened to,” he asks.)

But to think he thinks that getting a couple thousand signatures on a set of nomination papers and discussing some issues on a web site make him qualified to hold this office makes us more than queasy. His only political experience is one term on the Bradley Town Board a couple of years ago. And now he wants to be governor!

George has whined on a couple of occasions that it’s difficult to get his name out and that the press is ignoring him. Well, George, one big reason could be that you’re impossible to contact. Having an unlisted phone number doesn’t impress us as being someone who wants to open up the lines of communication. You maintained an unlisted number when you represented us on the Bradley Town Board, and you do so yet today. In fact, that press you complain about (both Milwaukee and Madison based) has had to contact our newspaper office to find out how to reach you. We have had to tell them that we’d call you, give you their number and then have you call them back. Your response? An apology to us for the inconvenience.

And then there was that first forum in Milwaukee that you skipped because you hadn’t been getting much sleep at night and Milwaukee was too far to drive.

George’s first, and perhaps only, campaign promise is that, if elected, he will have an open forum meeting once a month so “people will have a direct contact with me to state what issues are important to them. People and government need to work together!” We can only wonder if those who attend would find requirements similar to the first forum he held in Bradley: to come with solutions to their questions and only present comments in written form because he wouldn’t be taking notes.

George your naivety shows in everything you do.

It looms on your web site where you (just weeks before the election) have posted issues of concern and your stance. Under “Funding education and stopping increasing property taxes” you only talk about needing more respect for the elderly, some of whom, you note, were in the Depression and World War II and “shouldn’t have to continually make decisions about paying for food, prescription drugs, health care, place of residency and rising property taxes.”

Under “Campaign finance reform,” your answer is to have the state purchase an easy access web site where all candidates can state their issues – the entire problem solved, you suggest, for a mere $10 a month. People who don’t have computers can get help from their librarian, you note. Oh, and we must not forget that all-important line of communication with the candidates, via a direct e-mail button.

And, under “Equal pay for equal work!” you simply state, “Hi, Vicki.”

George’s one and only press release we’ve seen contains the announcement that, with consultation from his physician, he’s going on a hunger strike from Sept. 3-10. No reason is provided on what this hopes to accomplish or even why that attention-seeking method was chosen. (We hope it’s not your commentary on the food served at the school district where you teach!) Well, George … we’re going to boycott buying pickles because we think college tuition is too high. Tit for tat; and it makes just as much sense.

As we said, Tomahawk may be reflected on the Sept. 10 primary, but we shudder at the thought and hope very few make the connection.


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