Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I love Wisconsin - Updated

The TV cameras are long gone, the national media pretty much ignores them because they don't dress up in colonial costumes festooned with tea bags, but Wisconsin activists are rocking the recalls:
Six fake Democratic candidates put up by the Republican Party to buy time for Republican state senators subject to recalls accomplished that job Tuesday, but none of them did the unexpected and knocked off a real Democrat.

Candidates backed by the Democratic Party won all six Senate primary elections, all but one of them by substantial amounts. They'll all go on to face the Republican incumbents on Aug. 9, in an attempt by Democrats to regain control of the state Senate and put the brakes on Gov. Scott Walker's agenda.
GOPers managed to delay some of the elections with their bogus candidates but it's going to be a very busy and interesting August in the land of cheese and beer. Probably won't happen, but it would be really awesome if they won them all.

Update: Republicans cost the Wisconsin taxpayers nearly a half-million dollars by running their six fake Democrats, forcing the additional primaries in order to buy more time for their own fundraisers. Some are suggesting GOPers should reimburse the state for the costs. Would seem only fair.

Also, Greg has previews of the ads that are starting to run now that the real elections have begun in earnest.

[More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

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Blogger Ruth said...

The pretext on which the wingnuts ran was that they would bring jobs and economic stability. They have done nothing of the sort. The charges should definitely be sent to the GOP that made these fake primaries be held.

12:22:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I have mixed feelings about it Ruth. It's not an illegal act and anyone should be able to run for office. Even fake candidates. So asking them to pay is a bit weird.

But really glad the hypocrisy of these "fiscally responsible" idiots is being made apparent. The whole budget debacle was about loading more costs onto the workers because the state can't afford to "coddle" them anymore, but they think nothing of costing the taxpayers a cool half million just to buy themselves a extra month of fundraising time? That's gotta rankle the voters.

8:31:00 AM  

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