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Actors' Union Slams Dem for Attack on Opponent's Wife

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Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., speaks. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Thursday, 29 October 2020 07:44 PM

The Actors' Equity Association is creating a scene over a Democratic congressional candidate who attacked her opponent over his wife's profession as a Broadway actor.

Wisconsin Democratic State Rep. Amanda Stuck, who is challenging incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, submitted a video to a local PBS affiliate in which she compares herself to Gallagher.

She repeatedly terms Gallagher as someone who comes from "wealth and privilege," unlike herself, and married a "Broadway star." Gallagher is married to Anne Horak, a Wisconsin native with some Broadway and TV credits, but many more regional theater acting credits on her resume.

"I don't come from wealth and privilege like Mike Gallagher does," Stuck says. "I didn't marry a Broadway star like Mike Gallagher did. I married a sheet metal journeyman," pointing out that she understands the districts constituents better, many of whom she says have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet.

"Disappointing @AmandaStuck8," Actors Equity responded on Twitter. "Broadway actors are workers trying to earn a middle-class living for their families and our entire industry has been shut down for seven months. In fact, you won’t meet many actors and stage managers on Broadway (and in theatre around the country) who don’t work multiple jobs during a year. So we might have more common ground than you think."

According to Deadline, Horak's Broadway debut was in "Irving Berlin’s White Christmas" in 2008. She understudied the role of Roxie in "Chicago" in 2013-14, eventually taking over the role.

"Amanda Stuck's attempts to shame me for pursuing my career in theater is repugnant," Horak Gallagher responded to local news outlets. "I had amazing teachers at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay and worked my tail off to establish a career for myself in Manhattan. Any success I had was a result of hard work and determination. I want my daughter Grace to grow up in a community where women feel empowered to follow their dreams, whether that takes them to Marinette, Milwaukee or Manhattan."

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