Actress Tyne Daly Supports Obama on Local Campaign Stop
by Brandi Makuski City-Times Editor
Almost 60 people came out to rally for the president and other Democrats when the Obama Heartland Tour RV came to town.
Featuring State Senator Julie Lassa and actress Tyne Daly (Cagney and Lacey, Judging Amy), the rally focused nearly equally on Republican proposals and Obama’s laurels.
“Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will take us back to the 1900’s,” said Julie Lassa.
“Women’s right and worker’s rights will be in danger. For my sake, for the sake of my children, and the sake of your children, we cannot let that happen.”
“A lot of people forget when the president took office, this country was loosing 800,000 jobs a month. People remember how tough that was, because they’re still feeling it; it’s still tough, but we’re moving in the right direction,” said Joe Zepecki, a Madison native and communications director for the Obama campaign.
Zepecki said the president can be credited with several things he feels could be in danger under a Republican administration.
“We’ve had 29 consecutive months of job growth, passed landmark health care reform, took the right to Al Qaeda, and took out bin Laden. You can argue with these achievements, and the Romney/Ryan ticket could undermine all the work we’ve done,” he said.
“We need to finish what we’ve started,” Zepecki added.
Madison- born Tyne Daly said while she’s not a political expert, she joined the tour because her heart, along with much of her family, is in Wisconsin.
“I learned my values from here; don’t lie, don’t cheat, mind your own business, participate in your community,” she said.
“I know you and I share that. And so I know you all believe as I do that Mr. Obama is so smart, so articulate and so true to those same values we all share,” she added.
Zepecki told the crowd he thought some 95% of all voters already had their minds made up for the November election.
“I know you’re all tired of elections in the state,” he said.
“But we’ve only got 3 – 5 percent of folks that still need to hear out message. So get out there, talk to one more. One more neighbor, one more person registered to vote, one more mind changed,” he said.
“I do know that if you do not participate, you do not have the right to complain about it,” Daly added.