Congressional candidate Cathy Myers knows that her home state of Wisconsin is responsible for a slew of voting rights abuses and that elections integrity has suffered under current Republican Governor Scott Walker and Representative Paul Ryan, whose seat Myers is aiming to flip.
The topic of Wisconsin’s systematic assault on voting rights came up during an interview for the latest episode of the Bros4America podcast, where Myers joined creator and host Alex Mohajer and co-host Dan Fusselman for a lively discussion. The suppression of 200,000 African American votes, for instance, may well have swayed the outcome of the 2016 American presidential election, an election that left millions of Americans with broken hearts and lots of questions.
Myers, like the entire team at Bros4America, was among the broken-hearted. She cites to the election as being the impetus for her decision to run for Congress, with Donald Trump’s appointment of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education as being the straw that broke the camel’s back. For a part-time teacher and school board member from the small town of Janesville, Wisconsin, seeing the Trump Administration engage in an “all-out” assault on some of our democracy’s most sacred institutions was enough. She needed to do something.
As many now know, House Speaker Paul Ryan has opted not to run for re-election in the upcoming midterms. While to some, his proffered explanation of wanting to spend more time with his family may hold muster, but it would be naive to suggest a young politician in the prime of his career, third in line for the presidency, and primed to become a real leader within his own party isn’t jumping ship to save his own hide. With the #meToo movements and the Women’s March and now the #MarchforourLives kids entering into the discourse, it would appear that Republicans can ONLY maintain seats because of unfair legislative advantages through redistricting or suppressing the vote.
“The future is female,” Myers said regarding the insurgency of activism that began with the Women’s March directly coinciding with Donald Trump’s inauguration and has been gaining momentum towards a “blue wave” in this November’s midterm elections. Myers, who lives Janesville (the same town as Speaker Ryan), is now seeking to be his successor. Having a progressive female who believes in medicare for all would be a massive statement, a cherry-on-top of a blue wave meant to set right the ship of state following the abomination of the 2016 presidential election.
At the conclusion of the interview, Myers became the first congressional candidate and indeed first-ever Bros4America interview subject to select a #ShitholeoftheWeek nominee. (For the record, she picked Aaron Schlossberg, the New York-based lawyer whose racist rant in a Manhattan eatery spurred a viral video).
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