Sen. Pam Galloway of the Wisconsin State Senate has a not-so-secret admirer. "Admirer" in this case however, might mean "obsessed hater." His name is John Spiegelhoff, and he's a union boss with a real penchant for attacking anyone and everyone who he thinks might be an enemy of his union. In fact, his past exploits include suing an 86-year-old volunteer crossing guard for taking a job that he thought should have belonged only to union members.
Now he might be on the receiving end of a lawsuit, as some of the emails he's sent to Sen. Galloway are barely capable of being printed. Media Trackers has a few of the greatest hits:
E-mails sent to Media Trackers from a grassroots activist reveal Spiegelhoff regularly harassing Pam Galloway for various positions that she has adopted. In dozens of e-mails sent between May 2011 and February 2012, Spiegelhoff threatens, harasses, and attempts to intimidate Galloway while berating her for votes that she cast in the state Senate. An e-mail sent on August 2011 has Spiegelhoff calling Galloway a “pig” after she was a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio.
Calling her service in the Senate “a reign of terror” and characterizing her work as “immoral,” Speigelhoff cast himself as a leader of the recall effort declaring “I am actively working against you.” Numerous e-mails contained threatening subject lines such as “we are coming for you,” and “here we come.” Another e-mail twice contained the threat, “stay home, Pam,” something that could be interpreted as chauvinistic.
In August and September of 2011, weeks before the recall petition period could begin for an attempted Galloway recall, Spiegelhoff adopted the line that Galloway should resign instead of face a recall attempt. “I wish elections were right now so you could be thrown out of office. Do the middle class a favor-resign,” one message concluded. “You overreached and you will pay the political price for it,” another intimidating message reads. The harassment concluded with Spiegelhoff demanding that Galloway “[r]epent and beg forgiveness. . . .”
Spiegelhoff's harassment arguably goes beyond mere political intimidation into outright stalking and obsession. Moreover, Spiegelhoff doesn't even live in Galloway's district, raising the question of why he's so focused on someone whose work he can't even vote against.