A person called Andy Suchorski is the director of the Iowa Senate Majority Fund here in the Hawkeye State. Suchorski has recently taken on Home Depot over its PAC’s $1,000 donation to conservative Senate President Jake Chapman.
Last week his target was elected officials in Milwaukee. The reason? Milwaukee is the likely location for the 2024 Republican National Convention.
“Awful,” Suchorski said. “Just terrible. I cannot believe any elected official in Milwaukee was OK with letting these people host their convention in Milwaukee. A complete failure of leadership on their part.”
Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Let’s pump the brakes a bit and review what Suchorski is saying.
The convention will undoubtedly provide economic benefit to Milwaukee. So it isn’t likely to be “awful” or “just terrible” for the city.
And, while Milwaukee is liberal, there are likely some Republicans who live there.
What Suchorski is suggesting is that elected officials use their “power” to keep out the Republican Party? This is the definition of viewpoint discrimination.
Does Suchorski not want Republicans to be allowed to hold a convention at all? Is that what would make him happy? (Fair warning, Suchorski has no preferred pronouns listed on his Twitter account, so yes, I’m assuming his gender here)
Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson said he wants the economic benefits, visitors and attention on Milwaukee — as any elected official would.
“Well you are certainly going to get the attention,” Suchorski said. “Just not for the reasons you think.”
That is quite crazy. Suchorski is inferring he believes elected officials should have the power to say no to a political party holding an event in a city. That’s an odd desire for power to be abused — even for a Democrat.
It’s one thing to disagree with someone politically and quite another to suggest political opponents shouldn’t even be allowed to hold an event in a city because you disagree with them.
If Suchorski thinks Milwaukee’s elected officials should keep Republicans out of their city because Democrats are in charge, what on Earth would he think Democrats should do to Republicans here in Iowa should the Democrats he helps elect ever gain a majority?