Letter to Peter Barca

Peter Barca finalizing a speech. Photo by Callen Harty.
Dear Representative Barca,
 
     First of all, thank you for everything you have done, not only in the past year, but in your entire political career.  I have watched you in the Assembly and I have watched you speak at events and you are a man who inspires me.
 
     You have served the citizens of this great state in many capacities and now Wisconsin needs you to contribute in another way–as Governor.  You have the intellect and the passion to fill the position.  You have the compassion and the humanity to help us heal after the most divisive year in anyone’s memory.  I encourage you to seriously consider running for Governor and to announce it and start campaigning as soon as you can, so you can build momentum against Scott Walker.
 
     We need to return the state to a place where we can disagree agreeably, where we can trust our politicians to govern in an open and honest manner, and where the poor, the working class, the middle class, and the rich are all considered equal citizens. There are countless people who believe you are the one who can help us do this, and we are looking to you at this critical time in the history of our state.
 
     There are many good candidates already either in the field or strongly considering a run.  I love Kathleen Vinehout and would happily vote for either Senator Vinehout or you.  I think the rest of the candidates or potential candidates are all good people as well.  I would vote for any of them over Scott Walker.  I would vote for my neighbor’s dog over Scott Walker.  But we do not simply need a good candidate, we need a great candidate–someone who is beyond reproach and who has the experience to win, to govern, and to lead.  You are that candidate.  Please consider it.  Please help lead us back to the state we love.
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About Callen Harty

Originally from Shullsburg, Wisconsin Callen Harty is the author of Empty Playground: A Survivor's Story, a memoir about surviving childhood sex abuse. His first book was My Queer Life, a compilation of over 30 years worth of writing on living life as a queer man. It includes essays, poems, speeches, monologues, and more. Both are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, or can be ordered through local bookstores, He has written almost two dozen plays and 50 monologues that have been produced. Most of them have been produced at Broom Street Theater in Madison, Wisconsin where he has been an actor, writer, and director since 1983. He served as the Artistic Director of the theater from 2005-2010. Monologues he wrote for the Wisconsin Veterans’ Museum won him awards from the Wisconsin Historical Society and the American Association of State and Local History. He has also had essays, poems, and articles published in newspapers and magazines around the country and has taken the top prize in several photo contests. His writing has appeared in Out!, James White Review, Scott Stamp Monthly, Wisconsin State Journal, and elsewhere. He has had several essays published online for Forward Seeking, Life After Hate, and The Progressive. Callen has also been a community activist for many years. He was the co-founder of Young People Caring, UW-Madison’s 10% Society, and Proud Theater. He served as the first President of Young People Caring and as the Artistic Director for Proud Theater for its first five years. He is still an adult mentor for the group. In 2003 he won OutReach’s Man of the Year award for his queer community activism. OutReach is Madison, Wisconsin’s lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community center. He also won a Community Shares of Wisconsin Backyard Hero award for his sex abuse survivor activism work. He has been invited to speak before many community groups, at a roundtable on queer community theater in New York City, and has emceed several events.
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