Skip to comments.Board rejects 'whiteman' ballot language from Milwaukee candidate
Posted on 07/21/2010 5:35:02 PM PDT by ruination
Madison State elections officials narrowly rejected a Milwaukee Assembly candidate's attempt to run with the slogan "NOT the 'whiteman's bitch' " under her name on the ballot.
Ieshuh Griffin, a Milwaukee independent running to replace retiring Rep. Annette "Polly" Williams (D-Milwaukee), said in response she would sue the Government Accountability Board for infringing on her freedom of speech.
"I'm not making a derogatory statement toward an ethnic group. I'm stating what I'm not," Griffin told board members. "It's my constitutional right to freedom of speech."
In other action, the state elections agency Wednesday knocked three state Assembly candidates and one congressional candidate off this fall's ballot but kept U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison) on it.
Unlike candidates from the established Democratic and Republican parties, independents are allowed a five-word statement of purpose on the ballot to explain to voters what their candidacy is about.
Shane Falk, a staff attorney for the Accountability Board, said that the board had the ability to restrict obscene or derogatory candidate statements from the ballot.
The board staff ruled that the statement should not be allowed. With one member absent, the board voted 3-2 in favor of reversing that ruling and allowing the wording. Under board rules, however, four votes are needed to overturn a staff decision.
As a result, Griffin will be on the ballot with "independent" by her name and nothing else.
Board member Thomas Barland, who voted to allow Griffin to make the statement, said he thought it was not obscene and "not racial." But Roxanne Dunlap of Sussex, a citizen attending the meeting, told the board that she found the statement offensive and believed that a white person making the opposite statement - "not the black man's bitch" - would be sharply criticized.
Griffin, who describes herself as a "30-ish" community activist, said she had attempted unsuccessfully in the past to run for a position as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge. She said she will appeal the board's decision in federal court.
The board found that Republican Paris Procopis, who was attempting to challenge Rep. David Cullen (D-Milwaukee), came up eight signatures short of the 200 needed to gain access to the ballot.
That leaves Cullen without an opponent from a major party, though he will face a challenge by Constitution Party candidate Lisa Becker.
The board also knocked Matt Bitz of Rice Lake off the ballot because he has not lived in Wisconsin long enough, leaving just one Democrat in the race to replace retiring Rep. Mary Hubler (D-Rice Lake). Four Republicans will appear on the Sept. 14 primary ballot, and the winner will face Democrat Steve Perala of Barron on Nov. 2.
The state constitution says members of the Legislature must have lived in Wisconsin for at least a year, and the board determined that provision meant the year prior to taking office. Bitz, who was raised in Rice Lake, moved back there in May, after living in New York City in recent years.
The board knocked Assembly candidate Andrew Wiesniewski off the ballot because he failed to collect enough signatures. Wiesniewski sought to run as a Republican to challenge Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer of Manitowoc, who recently switched his parties from Democrat to independent and faces a Democratic challenger, Kerry Trasik.
The board also dismissed a ballot challenge against Baldwin brought by the Young Republicans of Dane County saying she should be disqualified for running for reelection because she had listed her campaign office rather than her home address on her nomination papers.
The board said Baldwin could continue to list her office address because, as an openly lesbian member of Congress, she said she had received threats.
Republicans Chad Lee of Mount Horeb and Peter Theron of Madison are running against Baldwin.
An independent running against U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) was also removed from the ballot.
The board found independent Bill Tucker of New Berlin had just 977 valid signatures, 23 short of the 1,000 needed.
Democrat John Heckenlively of Racine withstood a challenge to his signatures and will remain on the ballot for that race. Libertarian Joseph Kexel of Kenosha is also running.
>> “NOT the ‘whiteman’s bitch’ “
Methinks she doth protest too much!
I think they were called a ‘winch’.
Still, the board should have let her run with it. Let her look like the fool if that’s what she wants
It’s not a derogatory statement, just a racist one!
Can you imagine the anarchy if there were no "Allowers"?
Will a group of offended Whiteys go and protest her where she lives? No, because they are too busy working while she’s out running for office and looking for handouts to support that.
>> Still, the board should have let her run with it. Let her look like the fool if thats what she wants
Sure, no skin off my nose.
It begs the question: “So, what group’s b!+ch ARE you, Ieshuh?” Which is actually kind of funny to contemplate.
Interesting how all the black racists are coming out from under their rocks lately.
Ieshuh Griffin, an independent candidate for the Wisconsin state Assembly, holds up her nomination papers Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., after an election oversight board said the Milwaukee woman can not describe herself on the ballot as "NOT the 'whiteman's b----.'" State law allows independent candidates to have five words describing them placed after their name on the ballot. Griffin argued that the phrase was protected free speech but the state Government Accountability Board said that the statement was pejorative and not allowed. (AP Photo/Todd Richmond)
whiteman’s bitch ping.
Heck of a campain slogan here.
Welcome to post-racial America!
It could be sexist! Where is NOW complaining about her wish to describe herself as a b*tch?
She could have said "NOT the white man's bitch" and still kept it within the maximum five words.
Like Chris Rock said, “Keepin’ it real...real dumb.”
Griffin, who describes herself as a “30-ish” community activist, said she had attempted unsuccessfully in the past to run for a position as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge.
Wow. Just give her 15 years and she’ll be perfectly qualified to serve as POTUS.
Let her put it on the ballot, I say...
Obviously she needs to go to court for a name change:
Notthe Whitemans Bitch.
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