Diebold on Winnebago 17

The Northwestern has published news and an editorial in support of my Diebold resolution. I have them over on my Winnebago County Board Blog.


Clarification of Yesterday’s Press Release

Clarification of Yesterday’s Press Release
Pung-Leschke’s Quote and the Total Statement from Fitzhenry

OSHKOSH – Winnebago County Democratic Party Chairman Jef Hall today issued the following correction and clarification of yesterday’s Press Release “Pung-Leschke admits she’s a quitter”.

“After reviewing the tape of the Eye on Oshkosh debate, I misquoted Republican 54 Assembly Candidate Julie Pung-Leshke’s response to a question asking why she quit the Winnebago County Board short of her full term in 2001.” Hall stated.

Pung-Leschke’s actual quote was “I did not realize what sort of challenge being on the county board would be.”

“If she was not up to the challenge of the Winnebago County Board, how will she handle the atmosphere in Madison?” Hall asked.

Hall also wanted to include the entire statement regarding Pung-Leschke’s candidacy for the 54th Assembly from Oshkosh Northwestern Managing Editor Jim Fitzhenry.

In a blog post dated Jan 17th, 2006 Fitzhenry analyzed Pung-Leschke’s candidacy with this statement:

Julie Pung Leschke, Republican:
Upside: Leschke is articulate, was among a group of supervisors fighting for change on the Winnebago County Board and she's got impeccable family and GOP connections. She may have already lined up important support from party regulars to support her campaign.

Downside: How many average housewives have an extra $300,000 grand in the cookie jar to start a bank? Leschke left the county board tired and frustrated by former board Chairman Joe Maehl. Could she stand up to the much bigger bosses in Madison?

The blog post can be found here:



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Pung-Leschke admits she’s a quitter

Pung-Leschke admits she’s a quitter

During televised debate, Julie Pung-Leschke admits she didn’t realize government service was “going to be that much work”

OSHKOSH – During Monday night’s televised Eye on Oshkosh debate, Republican Candidate for the 54th Assembly Julie Pung-Leschke admitted that when she was on the Winnebago County Board she quit on her constituents because she didn’t realize that it was a lot of hard work. Pung-Leschke resigned four months before her term was up, leaving her constituents unrepresented.

“I can’t believe she said it!” said the stunned Winnebago County Democratic Party Chair Jef Hall. “She actually said she didn’t realize how much work it was going to be, all the while asking us to vote her into the State Assembly, a role even more time consuming than the County Board.”

During last night’s televised debate, Leschke was asked why she quit the county board. Leschke responded, “I didn’t know that it was going to be that much work.”

“When you take your oath of office, you don’t have your fingers crossed. There are no take-backs in public service,” said Hall. “When you make a commitment to your constituents, you don’t just quit on them when things get too tough for you.”

According to the Oshkosh Northwestern Managing Editor Jim Fitzhenry’s January 17, 2006 blog posting, Leschke didn’t quit to spend time with her family, a common excuse for politicians when things get tough. Rather, she quit because she failed in her efforts to reduce the size of the board. Fitzhenry’s stated in his blog: “Leschke left the county board tired and frustrated by former board Chairman Joe Maehl. Could she stand up to the much bigger bosses in Madison?”

What wasn’t discussed during the televised debate is Pung-Leschke’s history of quitting jobs. A few years ago, she quit her job as the Oshkosh Symphony Director after just six weeks, but she brags about the role on her literature.

“I’m baffled as to why she even put the symphony on her literature,” said Hall. “Was the Oshkosh Symphony just a resume builder for her? Six weeks? You can’t even grow corn in six weeks!”


Watching Gordon Hintz & Julie Pung-Leschke on Eye on Oshkosh

Some thoughts:

1. Leschke says she is against all public financing. Will she accept the grant?

2. SB1 is dead. The session closed without passing it.

3. She mentioned me as the reason the Northwestern did the story on her not answering (here is the link). She won't admit she doesn't want to answer.

4. She doesn't know if she would have supported a minimum wage hike - she never thought about it? I wonder why?

5. She won't answer how to provide healthcare, she doesn't want to pay for it - because she can afford it.

6. Are seniors really leaving WI - no, they are not. Wisconsin's population is rising.

7. She can't follow how funding works?

8. Leschke is anti-death penalty - hold her to it.

Leschke Goes Negative First:

From the Hintz campaign:

Hintz Campaign: Team Leschke Goes Negative

CONTACT: Gordon Hintz
(920) 279-1870 (cell)

Interest groups attack Hintz in effort to preserve legislative rubber stamp

OSHKOSH- With more than five weeks until the November 7 election, two of the largest special interest groups in the state are running television and radio advertisements attacking Democratic candidate Gordon Hintz and supporting establishment choice Julie Pung Leschke.

“I must be doing something right if my opponent has two of the biggest corporate interest groups in Wisconsin attacking me five weeks before the election,” said Hintz. When you challenge the status quo and offer real leadership for a change to people in Oshkosh, the special interest groups in Madison start running scared. And when they run scared, they run negative ads.”

Because the ads run by the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and Wisconsin Homeowners Alliance are “issue ads” they are unregulated under existing campaign finance laws and can be purchased directly with unlimited corporate money.

“If anyone wants to know what’s wrong with the system, they should just take a look at how special interest groups are trying to buy this election,” said Hintz.

The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) is one the major or organizations that backed the attack on local control that has led to the City of Oshkosh’s garbage fee and the proposed county sales tax. Their legislative agenda is matched almost word for word by Republican Candidate Julie Pung Leschke’s literature. WMC is also on record opposing campaign reform. Voters in the 54th Assembly District have been waiting more than 57 days for Julie Pung Leschke to answer an independent survey on reform.

Hintz, who has been outspent by Pung Leschke 4-to-1, said voters can expect more of the same corporate involvement in the remainder of the race. The Wisconsin Homeowners Alliance purchased more than $20,000 worth of television ads in the 54th District.

“Special interest groups are backing the status quo and are looking for a rubber stamp in the Assembly. Oshkosh needs an independent leader who will listen to residents and fight for Oshkosh instead of selling out to corporate interest groups,” said Hintz.

Reynolds' Rules

From the rules Sen Reynolds want followed to debate:

Audience Reaction.
The live audience will be prohibited from applauding or making noise during the forum and may not do anything visible or audible to express support or opposition to any candidate during the forum.

Outside of professional photographers or camera crews representing news media, no one in the forum hall shall be allowed to use any camera or video cameras during the program. If someone attempts to violate this rule, the moderator will stop the forum and ask the person to refrain from using his or her camera. The forum will not continue until the person has removed the camera from the forum hall. If the person refuses to abide by the rules, moderator will tell the person that they are trespassing on private property and will ask them to leave. If the person refuses, the moderator will discontinue the forum until the person leaves or removes the camera from the forum hall. If the disruptive person continues to use their camera/video camera, the moderator has the authority to end the forum.

I'm not sure it bodes well for a politician who is afraid of people and cameras...

Doyle v Green - Healthcare in one sentance each


Doyle's ultimate goal is to ensure all children in the state are covered by allowing families of any income to buy into BadgerCare.


The centerpiece of Green's plan is providing state tax credits for health savings accounts.

Seems a simple choice to me. Here is the full article.