September 30, 2015

Feingold Calls In Ultra-Liberal Big Guns To Raise Campaign Cash

Former Senator Russ Feingold likes to represent himself as a regular Wisconsin guy, from rolled-up sleeves he sports in his Twitter avatar to telling Democrats to call him “Russ” so voters forget he’s a career politician.

But ditching his signature pledge to raise a majority of funds from Wisconsin opened up new avenues for Feingold to collect cash from across the country, and what sells to big donors in New York and San Francisco is the far-left ideology of leading liberals like New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, both of whom Feingold has recruited to do fundraising pitches for him within the past week.

Time Warner Cable’s New York State of Politics blog reports today that De Blasio sent a fundraising email calling Feingold a “true progressive”:

As he prepares a presidential campaign forum in Iowa to discuss inequality, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio released a fundraising email for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold, urging supporters to back the “true progressive.”

The fundraising appeal was characterized as part of De Blasio’s quest to promote “a more liberal vision for the country”:

De Blasio has sought a more prominent platform in recent months to promote his causes — especially when it comes to income inequality — while also promoting a more liberal vision for the country as a whole.

This comes just days after Feingold campaigned and fundraised with leading “progressive” warrior Elizabeth Warren while she “laid out a liberal vision for the country.” The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported:

Russ Feingold may be the Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin in 2016 but it was U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) who dominated the stage Saturday when she laid out a liberal vision for the country in a rousing speech before hundreds of students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Professor Feingold is clearly more at home with Northeastern liberal elites than Wisconsinites…which may explain why one of his surrogates said that a huge swath of Wisconsin voters came “out of the trailer parks.”