Sheila Harsdorf Campaign Accuses Shelly Moore of Moving in With Special Interest Group

Harsdorf campaign spokesman points to the fact that Advancing Wisconsin and Shelly Moore's campaign headquarters are housed in the same building.

Friends of Sheila Harsdorf issued the following statements today in a press release:

Just days into her campaign, union activist Shelly Moore has announced that she will defend the status quo and opened up a campaign headquarters jointly with Advancing Wisconsin, a newly formed special interest organization that will be funneling money into Wisconsin.

"Shelly Moore is a vocal mouthpiece for protecting the status quo and defending the state’s biggest special interest groups who champion a tax-and-spend agenda," said Nathan Duerkop, Friends of Sheila Harsdorf campaign spokesman. "This week’s moves by Moore’s campaign show the obvious – she is a single-issue candidate intent on blocking government reform. It is an agenda that Moore would have middle-class taxpayers finance and one we simply cannot afford."

"Over the last months, recall circulators from Madison, Milwaukee, Michigan, and even New York have marched into western Wisconsin," Duerkop said. "These special interests do not care about our jobs, our taxes, or our state’s budget. Now we find out that Shelly Moore is literally moving in with them as part of her campaign operations. It is not surprising, but voters need to know just how closely aligned Shelly Moore is with a liberal agenda that would tax and spend us into bankruptcy."

The Shelly Moore campaign responded with a statement from Gillian Morris, press secretary of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

"They [Advancing Wisconsin] aren't even on the same floor, and this is just blatantly false," Morris said. "They are indeed in the same building, but they do not work together, speak or anything like that."

"I guess Sheila is running scared," Morris continued. "They feel like they need to attack with blatant lies and it's clear that Shelly Moore is making an impact. She's a strong candidate and they're throwing the bombs that they have to."


Wisconsin state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf is facing democrat Shelly Moore in a recall election for the District 10 state senate seat. The election is tentatively scheduled for July 12.

Lech W. May 14, 2011 at 08:09 PM
The education part is dear to my heart, because I believe in life long learning! I started my working life as an electrician, and because of the possibility of education for a reasonable amount of money, I ended up as a Medical Researcher and an Environmental Health and Human Resources auditor! Under Walkers cut in education, carriers like mine will be very hard to achieve! here is what his plan will cost education: Public instruction - $770 M *NPR reports more than a billion dollars in cuts to schools (May 12, ‘11). Universities - $250 M Technical Colleges - $73 M Natural Resources - $46 M And this will be in a world, in which education is more important than ever! We are in a global competition! Currently, Wisconsin , Minnesota and Iowa are leading the country in education outcome: ACT Composite Scores by State 2010 scores for states testing 50 percent or more of their high school graduates* Top Ten States Minnesota 1 Iowa 2 Wisconsin 3 Can we afford to abuse our children and refuse them a good education because our governor decided to give tax gifts to the upper 5% of income holders?
Lech W. May 14, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Thanks mainstream for the correction. The site I took the info from did not split it out different. However, even if we look at the Wisconsin income only, their tax burden is in no relation to their profit if compared with a "normal" citizen, who still has to pay his cost of living expenses from his take home pay, while corporations get taxed on the pure profit after deducting all of their expenses!
Thurston Howell III May 22, 2011 at 03:58 PM
Happy, I'm angry too. But it's not so much at Sheila Harsdorf. It at her party who has been taken over by extremists funded by billionaires like the Koch Bothers via their "Americans for Prosperity" group. This video while very long, shows how the Koch brothers have systematically created a radical movement in this country which Sheila's former moderate position has fallen victim. http://youtu.be/eeHxX9d1Ms8 I'm hoping Youtube is not among the sites blacklisted by the Patch.
Ramona May 22, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Wow. Is truth necessary? Can we say what we want, say it often, and somehow it becomes real? What does Sheila's campaign know about Shelly Moore? She is a teacher. She is active in her union. So she's "single issue?" Walker's budget --backed by Sheila -- gives us far too many issues to fight. Corporate subsidies off the back of laborers. Privatization of schools (after we kill them with lack of funding). Relaxed (isn't that a nice word?) environmental regulations. Voter id that disenfranchises many. There are too many things to name ... including the way the republicans are steamrolling everything through as fast as they can ... with such an utter lack of respect for their minority colleagues and for the public they are paid to represent. As I understand it, the issues Shelly Moore cares about are these and MORE. By the way ... just b/c they continue to claim that recall signatures were collected by out of state folks DOES NOT MAKE IT SO. DISTRICT 10 RESIDENTS POUNDED THE PAVEMENT AND COLLECTED THE SIGS. How can anyone continue this line of attack in the face of what is known about how signatures were collected to recall the dem senators ? How can this line of attack continue in the face of the big money/outside interests (Am Fed of Children -- for charter schools!!!) fighting FOR Harsdorf?? What these simplistic and dishonest accusations show is that there is no concern for honesty and truth.
Dirk A. May 22, 2011 at 04:29 PM
I visited Shelly's website in order to find her contact information so that I could pose some questions regarding her stances on some issues. There's is no such information on her page, only places to either leave a donation or volunteer to roam the neighborhoods, serving up her koolade to anyone who'll listen. And you complaing about Harsdorf not responding to questions? How's Moore any better?
Happy Badger May 22, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Dirk, I agree that the most open approach would be to provide the contact information you're looking for. I haven't been to the site, but it would be helpful if all of her prospective constituents could do that prior to the election. Hopefully, the two candidates will agree, as part of the campaign, to create opportunities to face the tough questions together in debates. But your complaint, I think, misses a very important distinction. Sheila Harsdorf is the elected representative with clear obligation to be responsive to voters; she's the one drawing a public salary and benefits to do just that. It is reasonable to hold her to a higher standard because she asked for, and was given, the job. Yes, I and many, many others are complaining about Harsdorf not responding to questions. It's her job, and she hasn't been doing it very well.
Lech W. May 22, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Moore has to count on volunteers to help her to build her website (she, in contrast to Harsdorf has no "election" machine), and the website is just not ready yet!. Harsdorf had some twenty years of time to build hers, and one still can't contact her through the site! You can contact Shelly Moore through her Facebook site "http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shelly-Moore-for-State-Senate" Sheila Harsdorf has a site, too, but her last entry is April 1 (and nobody seems to be allowed to make an entry on her site)!
Thurston Howell III May 22, 2011 at 10:49 PM
Dirk, Shelly Moore is a candidate. Harsdorf is an elected official. There's a huge difference in obligations here. By not communicating with her constituents Sheila Harsdorf is NOT doing her job. Shelly's job is to replace Sheila, period.
The Big T May 26, 2011 at 11:15 AM
Just what Wisconsin needs right now...... Moore is representing the NEA. Wisconsin taxpayers, especially the middle class, will be thrown under the bus the day she would take office, if elected. She will be taking her marching orders from NEA executives in Washington D.C. and undoubtedly that is where much of her campaign monies will come from. Much like the recall petitions which were sponsored by the Madison teachers unions, who are not even in our district. And there is Michael Moore and Jesse Jackson to tell is how to spend our money. Moore is here for one reason: to protect the greedy interests of the far left NEA. If you haven't figured that out by now, you shouldn't be voting!
Shannon May 26, 2011 at 11:40 AM
And Sheila Harsdorf doesn't take money from special interest groups?! What exactly do you have against education?
The Big T May 26, 2011 at 03:56 PM
This re-election has nothing to do with education. It's about the greed for money which then brings power and control to the NEA. A quote from the NEA itself: “It is not because of creative ideas, it is not because of the merit of our position, it is not because we care about children, it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power and we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year….” Unfortunately many teachers are not necessarily willing to pay these dues. The NEA mandates it!
Shannon May 26, 2011 at 04:33 PM
And if the NEA backed the right-wing, you would have no problem with it. The teachers agreed to everything Walker asked, and he is still going after the union. Our elected officials have "Cadillac" benefits, and I don't see them contributing anything for them. At least our teachers are productive members of society.
mainstreet May 26, 2011 at 07:21 PM
I don't believe the teachers agreed to anything Walker ask for until they were confronted with it A bit of a disingenuous claim don't you think?
Shannon May 26, 2011 at 07:28 PM
Teachers, bus drivers, janitors, and other public workers are not the reason that Wisconsin is "broke". Actually, Wisconsin isn't broke at all. http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2011/mar/03/scott-walker/wisconsin-gov-scott-walker-says-wisconsin-broke/
Happy Badger May 26, 2011 at 07:52 PM
Actually, mainstreet, all the union leaders (remember, please, it's not just teachers here: nurses, game wardens, snow plow drivers) and their Dem supporters DID agree to the monetary demands before the Dems left on Feb. 17th. The only quick reference I can give is the Wall Street Journal. You'll remember that Gov. Walker threatened to lay off 15,000 workers if the bill wasn't passed by his deadline. Even this liberal rag scoffed at the idea, since the unions HAD agreed to his demands. "...And since unions have already agreed to proposed givebacks on compensation and benefits, "it's becoming increasingly clear that this is a question more of politics than it is of a budget crisis," Mr. Zeitz added." -Wall Street Journal, March 1, 2011 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703559604576174953308680920.html?mod=googlenews_wsj Like it or not, that was the real spark for the Dem's drastic move and the dramatic protests in Madison. After all, Walker had indeed campaigned on the monetary issues he hit the unions with, so they didn't have a leg to stand on. It was the rest of the bill, particularly the collective bargaining rights, that Walker himself "secretly" referred to as "the bomb." Even his own cabinet didn't know that was coming until a few days before he introduced the repair bill.
Ramona May 26, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Mainstreet: I'm confused. You expected them to agree to the paycuts BEFORE they were "confronted" with it??? We agree to things AFTER we're asked. The unions agreed to ALL financial concessions. No one wants to earn less for their work -- but they agreed to do it. Yes, AFTER it was demanded. They didn't sit around and talk about giving up money before Gov Walker demanded it. But this should not be surprising. Who decides ... as a group ... to go to their employers and tell them to cut their wages?
The Big T May 26, 2011 at 08:06 PM
RECALL SHELLY MOORE!!!!!!! What goes around, comes around.....................
mainstreet May 26, 2011 at 08:14 PM
Happy, You are correct in it being the public employees and not just teachers. I guess teachers just followed thru from the post previous to mine. My point is the unions were in negotiations before the election. I would be surprised if give backs were even discussed in those negotiations. What was in those negotiations that even the Dems couldn't agree too? The "bomb" as you refer to it was a result of the public employees not having contracts. If they would have had contract extensions, the bomb could not have been used. I just think the union leadership dropped the ball here and If I was a member I would be demanding that heads roll at the union hall.
Happy Badger May 26, 2011 at 08:28 PM
mainstreet, First, "the bomb" I refer to was Walker's phrase. He let it slip in that bogus phone call from the bogus "Koch" brother, referring to his plan (secret until then) to strip even the right to bargain collectively in his budget repair bill. Since it's a non-fiscal item going far beyond his own campaign rhetoric of 2010, even he knew it would blow the top off things in Madison. Hence, his secrecy and the dramatic reaction around the state. As for negotiations, they'd have been going on at several levels. Local contract negotiations were going on in hundreds of school districts between local unions and local school boards. Political negotiations would've been going on in Madison between Dem. union supporters and the Gov's office. It's pretty clear to everyone that the state union leaders and the Dem's caved on the monetary issues and gave the Gov. exactly what he promised in his campaign. But Walker couldn't take "yes" for an answer, call it a win and move on. He grossly over-reached and refused to budge, refusing to even negotiate with Dems for days. So, on Feb. 17th, they short-circuited the railroad job by denying the GOP a quorum as a last resort. Sorry, sir, but that's the chronology.
Shannon May 26, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Dude, you have to wait until she's elected and in office a year before she is eligible to be recalled. But thanks for giving her a chance. Overachiever maybe????
Thurston Howell III May 26, 2011 at 11:20 PM
BigT, says: "RECALL SHELLY MOORE!!!!!!!" Fine let's elect her first.
Thurston Howell III May 26, 2011 at 11:59 PM
Happy, Why do you insist on muddying up this debate with facts? ;-)
Happy Badger May 27, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Well, Thurston, I guess it's a nasty habit to some. Honestly, I'm a raging independent, non-partisan who's just a tad bit of a political nerd who likes to keep my public servants honest. That, and the fact that the facts have a wonderful way of shrinking our boogeymen, and boogeywomen, down to just the right size. That way, the world's a less scary place and I'm a lot less angry. On the other hand, how can you argue with "what goes around comes around."?? On another, somewhat related note, let's give Senator Harsdorf her "props." The Jt. Finance Committee, on which she sits, actually rejected a Walker budget proposal to reduce the SeniorCare prescription drug plan. I'm not sure if the recall effort has her attention, but we've heard Ms. Moore making this an issue. Granted, Harsdorf had some political cover in being joined by the other Republicans on the committee. Still, I hope Shelly Moore will publicly acknowledge Harsdorf's fingerprints being on a decision that Moore supports. "Tax and spend...tax and spend."
Tom June 04, 2011 at 06:45 PM
Shelly MooreTAX. The only concern she has is her allegiance to WEAC! She will stop at nothing to continue the practice of pouring millions into contracts for her fellow teachers. She is all for raising taxes for this purpose. If not, why would she be against a property tax limit?
Shannon June 04, 2011 at 07:22 PM
What has Harsdorf done for any of her constituents? Be specific please.
Thurston Howell III June 05, 2011 at 08:08 AM
Shelly Moore4ThePeople. The only concern she has is her allegiance to her future constituents!
Paul June 10, 2011 at 03:03 PM
My concern TH3 is that she maybe for the poeple of this state. Not for the Ultra rich. What I can not understand if we have a Fiscal Crisis why would FitzWalkerHarsdorf introduce a Budget that is larger than the last one. And who is getting the money? And Why? And why turn the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources into a private Coporation. Is it to sell off Wisconsin? I know Shelly Moore is a fighter, and I believe she will fight for me, and the rest of the 98% of our state. I believe she will stand up to the 2% and say no I will not sellout Wisconsin. And guess what, I am not a Public Worker or a Teacher. I just don't want to pay the "Rich" anymore. Below you will find a Budget Comparison. If the FitzWalkerHarsdorf Plan is larger who is being rewarded? And why didn't they just ask the Teachers, Public Workers, the Vets, Poor, Seniors, Middle Class, Minorities, and Womeon to just leave the state? Would have been much nicer. But, wait I forgot there would be no one left to pay all the taxes they need to line thier pockets. http://legis.wisconsin.gov/senate/sen31/news/Issues/2011-12-Budget/Comparison_of_09-11_&_11-13_appropriations_&_revenue%20051111.pdf
mainstreet June 10, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Shell out More. The only concern she has is her allegiance to the union bosses.
Shannon June 10, 2011 at 04:22 PM
You must have that line saved and just paste it since you use it so often.
mainstreet June 10, 2011 at 04:31 PM


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