Doyle bombarding Green on stem cells
Issue could make state an incubator for a new partisan campaign strategy
By GREG J. BOROWSKI and STEVEN WALTERS
Posted: July 26, 2006
If Gov. Jim Doyle and Democrats have their way, the biggest issue in the campaign against Republican Mark Green will be smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.
With the hope of attracting undecided voters and driving a wedge into Green's support, Doyle has launched a relentless effort to paint Green as an opponent of stem cell research, which is seen as holding the promise of treatments for a host of debilitating diseases.
The issue is a new one in state and national politics, so it is unclear just how it will play with voters when placed alongside such tried-and-true issues as jobs, education and taxes.
Doyle strategists, though, see it as especially potent.
Green, meanwhile, is positioning himself as a backer of funding for stem cell research, though only when ethical guidelines are followed.
"What I have supported is preventing tax dollars from being used to destroy human embryos," Green said Wednesday in an e-mail response to questions. "I think that is a reasonable compromise to what is a very complicated issue."