A public records request by Wisconsin Republicans has revealed that Democratic state senate candidate Shelley Moore used public resources to organize her campaign against Republican senator Sheila Harsdorf. The documents show that Moore, a union official and high school English teacher, sent a number of emails organizing recall efforts during school hours while school was in session.
"We are not supposed to use school email, but since all of our rights are being taken away, I don't frankly care," wrote Moore in an email on March 10, one week after she declared her candidacy.
A spokesman for Republican senator Harsdorf's campaign tells the Hudson Patch (a local blog):
"Shelly Moore is a long-time special interest activist with a track record of loudly lobbying for her political goals. That she would use public resources to advance her interests is disappointing, but not surprising. Apparently when you 'breathe union' it’s hard to pay attention to your actual job."
A spokesman for the Democratic party says:
"Shelly was absolutely not using taxpayer dollars for campaign purposes -- no campaign even existed when these emails were sent. This blatantly political stunt is only a distraction from the real issue at hand: Sheila Harsdorf has launched an unprecedented assault on the rights and well-being of the working families and seniors of SD 10, and provided no avenue for them to defend themselves."
Control of the senate may hinge on the Moore v. Harsdorf race in the 10th district. For Wisconsin Democrats to take over the state senate they need to make a net gain of three seats in the upcoming August recall elections, and the 10th district, which split almost 50-50 during the recent supreme court election, may be the third most likely seat to flip Democratic.