The Big Story Blog

Wall St. protests opening doors for Wisconsin Democrats?

Posted at 10:57 AM on October 17, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Politics

wis7.jpg

Will the "Occupy" protest movements translate into political change? It's one of the main questions going forward here and across the country.

It's looking increasingly like Democrats see an opportunity.

It starts from the top. President Barack Obama launched a southeast bus tour today, starting in Asheville, N.C.

Reuters this morning reports the president, "will seek to tap into public anger at Wall Street excess to turn up the heat on congressional Republicans as he embarks on a campaign-style bus tour on Monday to rally support for his stalled jobs package."

Meanwhile, in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District, a national Democratic political action committee is targeting Republican Rep. Sean Duffy with an ad lambasting him for prior comments suggesting he was struggling to live on his annual $174,000 congressional salary.


It's one district in one state. But as we keep tabs on the protests, it shows Democrats believe the anti-Wall Street issue can be used against Republicans in the 2012 election.


About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.