The voters of Wisconsin go to the polls today to vote on the recall of six TEA Party Republican legislators who helped with Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s attack on unions. One of the leaders in recalling these legislators is Montana native Stephanie Shriock, who grew up in Butte and ran Senator Jon Tester’s successful 2006 campaign.
Now Shriock, CEO of EMILY’s List, is among the national players leading the charge to oust the Republicans responsible and replacing them with democratic women candidates. Says Shriock in a column in the Huffington Post today:
The public employees who Republicans are targeting are unionized fields with primarily female memberships. Teachers are 75% female. Nurses are 95%. Groups exempt from Walker’s attacks such as firefighters and police officers are predominantly male — but our brothers and sisters in labor are out there together because they understand the stakes.
We know these candidates are bad for unions. They’re bad on other issues women care about too. Really bad. Kudos to Schriock and the women of Emily’s List for getting involved. Here’s wishing them good luck from the home crowd.