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Strange things happened in Wisconsin this week. As you are aware of, because of the ridiculousness earlier this year, Wisconsin Democrats organized an astounding recall effort against six Republican state senators. On Tuesday, a group of Democrats were supposed to run against the Republican state senators, likely ousting them from their privileged positions.
However, the Republicans instead decided to stretch out the recalls by exploiting a little known provision in Wisconsin state law and forcing primaries. By forcing a primary election for the Democrats, the actual recall elections will not be held until August 9th.
And that is not all. The Republicans then recruited “Democrats” to run against the true democrats in the primary. Wow, they must be very scared. All of these so-called Democrats that the GOP recruited are actually, gasp, Republicans. These fake Democrats were only used to delay the recall elections. They are a collection of party officials and sacrificial lambs.
Three of them are over 80 years of age. One is twenty-five. None have raised any money. There was no dramatic upsets in the race. The real Democrats won handily. Five of the six winners had at least 65 percent of the vote, based on unofficial results. The sixth, Shelly Moore, had 54 percent.
Democratic Party spokeswoman Gillian Morris said she wasn’t concerned about how tight the Moore race turned out to be.”They were campaigning pretty hard there,” Morris said. “That also shows how scared they are of what Shelly Moore can do in a general election against.”
State Republican Party spokeswoman Katie McCallum said the results were an embarrassment for Moore but that ultimately Tuesday’s elections wouldn’t change the approach being taken by any of the incumbents.
I do not understand how anyone could defend the incredible tactics that have been used in Wisconsin since Governor Scott Walker took over. Claiming that terminating collective bargaining was a fiscal matter and then saying it wasn’t while they were still insisting it would save money.
Holding a vote without giving advance warning, defying court rulings, locking down the capital and arresting protesters have all been a part of Wisconsin’s dirty play. And now, they decide to recruit Republicans to mask as Democrats just to delay the inevitable. What the what?