"NOT the whiteman's bitch," also NOT elected

Categories: Weird Wisconsin

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"NOT the Whiteman's bitch" does "The Daily Show."
Ieshuh Griffin's decision to brand herself "NOT the Whiteman's Bitch" as a part of her campaign strategy for Wisconsin Assembly managed to capture the attention of local and national media.

But that was about it.

She ran as an Independent for the District 10 seat being vacated by Democratic Rep. Annette "Polly" Williams, while taking advantage of a state law that allows candidates to use a five-word statement of purpose on the ballot to explain themselves.

Griffin's purpose: "NOT the Whiteman's bitch."

Williams, who is black, told the Journal Sentinel over the summer, "It's almost like you're not serious. I don't know what statement she's making."

Griffin sounded serious, though. A community activist with a long-simmering gripe against a local judge who presided over a child custody case involving her sister.

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Ieshuh Griffin's campaign literature
​Say this for the woman: She knows how to get everyone's attention.

A local election board -- made up of six white, former judges -- and then a federal judge ruled that her statement could not be used on the ballot, so Griffin talked of taking her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

She even belittled the federal judge who slapped back her effort.

"He has a judicial disability because he refused to apply the law," she told the AP.

Every step of the way, she attracted media attention. She even lightened up for a hilarious "Daily Show" interview with comedian John Oliver.

Funny? Voters never warmed to "NOT the Whiteman's bitch." She was blown away in a landslide by Democrat Elizabeth Coggs, a Milwaukee County Supervisor. Here's a hard look at the results:

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