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Actors union blasts Democrat for criticizing GOP lawmaker’s wife

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The Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) blasted state Rep. Amanda Stuck (D-Wis.) for criticizing her Republican opponent’s “Broadway star” spouse.

“Disappointing [Stuck],” wrote AEA, the labor group representing American stage actors and stage managers. 

“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,” AEA, which has endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president, wrote on Twitter.

Broadway has been shut down since the coronavirus took hold in the United States in March. 

Stuck is running against Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), who was elected in 2016. Gallagher is a heavy favorite to win reelection. 

In a video she submitted to Wisconsin’s local PBS station, Stuck lambasted Gallagher for his background of “wealth and privilege,” repeatedly mentioning his marriage to a “Broadway star.”

“I don’t come from wealth and privilege like Mike Gallagher does,” Stuck says in the video. “I didn’t marry a Broadway star like Mike Gallagher did. I married a sheet metal journeyman.”

“For most of us, Broadway is a street in Green Bay. It isn’t a place in Manhattan, like Mike Gallagher knows,” Stuck added.

Gallagher’s spouse, better known as Anne Horak before her marriage last year, made her Broadway debut for the 2008 holiday season musical “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” Deadline reported.

Most of the credits on her Wikipedia page appear to be from theaters across the country. The credits also include appearances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She also has a number of television and movie credits, according to

In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, she criticized the remarks by Stuck as “repugnant.” 

“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,” she said.


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