Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Pridemore’s do not call list

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Jack Craver at the Capital Times reports that a number of media figures have been put on a list by State Representative Don Pridemore, a candidate for State Superintendent for the Department of Public Instruction, indicating that Pridemore is not to return their calls. Craver, who is on the list, too, reports the following names:

Mary Spicuzza, Capitol reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal

Patrick Marley, Capitol reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Scott Bauer, Capitol reporter for the Associated Press

David Umhoefer, reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Politifact”

Here is the actual original list:

MEDIA DO NOT CALL LIST

Rev 1 12-21-12
Effective December 21, 2012, the Pridemore Campaign will not have Don Call back or give phone interviews to the following individuals or media outlets:

Mary Spicuzza-Wisconsin State Journal Capitol Beat Writer
Dave Umhoefer-Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel PolitiFact
Patrick Marley-Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel-State Capitol Beat Writer
Jack Craver-The Capital Times-State Capitol Beat Writer
Scott Bauer-The Associated Press-State Capitol Beat Writer

If the reporter requests an interview, they must submit their questions in a written form and they will receive a written response to only those questions we want to respond to. These are all LIBERAL’s and have chosen to parse words, phrases and spin my responses to fit their agendas. If they continue to spin our written responses, they will be ignored in the future.

THIS FORM SHOULD BE WRITTEN AS A SPREADSHEET SO WE CAN KEEP TRACK OF
OUR DEALINGS WITH THEM AND OTHERS AS THEY CONTACT US. THANK YOU FOR
YOUR COOPERATION!

The list in question has been in my possession for some time but I’ve been reluctant to tackle it for two reasons:
1. Most campaigns have rules about who the candidate will speak to.
2. I’m on the list, too, and I really had no interest in making myself the center of such a silly story.

Here’s the email adding me to the list:

From: [Don Pridemore's personal email address]
Date: Sat, Dec 22, 2012 at 5:17 AM
Subject: RE: Media Do Not Contact List
To: Kyle Maichle
Cc: Bill Savage , lizpusch@, Randy Melchert , Timothy2012 Michalak

See attached for update version.

Kyle – Make this into a spread sheet

Bill – Add Wiggy to the list

I did debate running with the story but, as I noted before, many campaigns have a list like this. It’s hard to take something like this personally. Writing it would have been an act of spite and I really have better things to do with my time. Craver’s feelings must have been hurt.

As long as we’re adding names to the list, Kyle Maichle (Pridemore’s former staffer who gave me the list) told me that Brian Sikma of Media Trackers was also added to the list in January.

The column for the Waukesha Freeman that probably landed me on the list ran December 6th.

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