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Fake ‘Democrat’ Comes Forward In Wisconsin Recalls
TPM ^ | June 8, 2011 | Eric Kleefeld

Posted on 06/08/2011 8:08:26 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Republicans have now put forward a ringer Democratic candidate to force a primary in the recall against GOP state Sen. Dan Kapanke, as part of the state GOP's strategy to combat the recalls. The candidate: James Smith, a 25-year old hospital technician who has served on the La Crosse County Republican executive committee, and who will now challenge the official Democratic candidate, state Rep. Jennifer Shilling.

The La Crosse Tribune reports:

Smith, a regular fixture at local labor protests this spring where he held signs touting his support for Gov. Scott Walker, said he resigned his party leadership position Monday before announcing his candidacy. He said he does not plan on campaigning aggressively but wants to protest the recall process.

"I want to bring light on the issue that 22,000 signatures can pretty much overturn an election where even the loser got 40,000 votes," he said Tuesday.

The key here is that recalls are now tentatively scheduled for July 12, under the state election officials' proposed timelines, targeting six Republicans. If there were only one Democrat against each one Republican, then the July 12 date would immediately be held as the general election. But if there were additional Democrats, the July 12 date would then become the primary, giving the incumbents more time to campaign for a general election in August.

Also, thanks to Wisconsin's open primary system in which anybody can vote in a party primary, it would force the Democrats to spend time, money and resources campaigning for their own nominations.

The strategy is being officially coordinated by state Republican leaders, and has been endorsed by state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.


TOPICS: Wisconsin; Campaign News; State and Local
KEYWORDS: wisconsinshowdown
Our WI GOP DOES have b@lls, LOL!

ATTEMPTING to beat the 'Rats at their own games around here is something new and relatively untried!!

1 posted on 06/08/2011 8:08:27 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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fight fire WITH fire.


2 posted on 06/08/2011 8:10:25 AM PDT by falcon1966
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To: falcon1966

Good for the WI GOP! A phony TEA Party candidate, who was actually a Democrat activist, gave the Dems their “great victory” in NY-26, so they certainly shouldn’t complain about this strategy.


3 posted on 06/08/2011 8:15:14 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; ...
RE :"Smith, a regular fixture at local labor protests this spring where he held signs touting his support for Gov. Scott Walker, said he resigned his party leadership position Monday before announcing his candidacy. He said he does not plan on campaigning aggressively but wants to protest the recall process. "I want to bring light on the issue that 22,000 signatures can pretty much overturn an election where even the loser got 40,000 votes," he said Tuesday. The key here is that recalls are now tentatively scheduled for July 12, under the state election officials' proposed timelines, targeting six Republicans. If there were only one Democrat against each one Republican, then the July 12 date would immediately be held as the general election. But if there were additional Democrats, the July 12 date would then become the primary, giving the incumbents more time to campaign for a general election in August. Also, thanks to Wisconsin's open primary system in which anybody can vote in a party primary, it would force the Democrats to spend time, money and resources campaigning for their own nominations. "

These Republicans know how to fight fire with fire. Watch Democrats respond :"This is SO unfair." as if they impose rules on themselves.

4 posted on 06/08/2011 8:19:58 AM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

>> Our WI GOP DOES have b@lls

It’s refreshing to see the GOP fighting hard with every tool they have. For a change.

By the way, if your GOP has extra balls y’all might want to consider offering your surplus for transplantation in other needy areas (like the national GOP for instance). :-)


5 posted on 06/08/2011 8:20:44 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: sickoflibs
And after the "primary" I hope Smith demands a recount!

I can't wait to hear the Democraps weeping and gnashing teeth when their own dirty tricks are used by the Repubs.

6 posted on 06/08/2011 8:29:13 AM PDT by eCSMaster (We will fight for America and it starts here in Madison, WI. It starts here. It starts now.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

The twits posting under the article sure got their panties in a wad. Love it!


7 posted on 06/08/2011 8:29:34 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (minds change)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

This isn’t really the same strategy as Democrats running 3rd-party candidates pretending they are tea party.

The article explains clearly that the recall process doesn’t allow enough time for an incumbent to campaign, given that the challenger has all the momentum through the recall process while the incumbent is actually working (and may be even be forbidden from doing campaign-style things while in session, I don’t know Wisconsin law but Virginia doesn’t allow fundraisers while in session).

By running a second candidate, it forces the July date to be a primary, which pushes off the general election.

I suppose they might have been able to accomplish the same thing running a republican candidate in a primary, but I’m not sure the recall rules allow that, and in any case the republicans certainly don’t want to replace their own candidate so it would make no sense.

The republican isn’t pretending to be a democrat. But, apparently the republicans could, if they wanted, all turn out and vote in the democratic primary, electing the republican to be the “democrat” opponent. In a district where republicans outnumber democrats, that would be interesting.

But it doesn’t sound like they will play tricks. The danger would be that you’d excite the democratic base, and drive up turnout in the general election.


8 posted on 06/08/2011 8:32:07 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

BTW, I liked the california recall rules. A recall election had TWO parts. In the first, you voted yes or no on the existing candidate. If they got 50%, they were in.

If they didn’t get 50%, then the second vote was for a person for the office. So, the democrats had two shots, first Davis could win, and if he didn’t, one of their democratic replacements could win.


9 posted on 06/08/2011 8:33:49 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Behold, the power of Republicans! (I can’t believe I’m even writing that!)

FIX BAYONETS!!!


10 posted on 06/08/2011 8:42:04 AM PDT by Joy in the Journey (is not the lazy man's checkbook)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I think this is a great idea. The Dims have been doing this for years. Most recently in NY 26CD where the democrat won in a majority Republican district because the vote was split between the rep and a phony tea party candidate who was another democrat


11 posted on 06/08/2011 8:49:51 AM PDT by rex regnum insanit (falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

"I WON d@mmit, now tell those Republicans to get over it. And send me a picture of Anthony's weiner!"

12 posted on 06/08/2011 9:07:46 AM PDT by Fido969
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I understand the sentiment that would force this kind of action, I just still cringe when I read about Republicans wallowing in the mud with racist left-wingers.


13 posted on 06/08/2011 9:10:45 AM PDT by Cyman
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14 posted on 06/08/2011 9:28:30 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: Cyman

Any tactic that harms the Democrats is perfectly fine by me, as long as it’s not illegal. The Republican won’t have to wallow with any Dems, just run for the office.

And since this adversely impacts the dems, perhaps it’ll get both parties together to fix the problems with the primary systems nationwide.


15 posted on 06/08/2011 9:37:57 AM PDT by Two Kids' Dad ((((( )))))
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To: Fido969

The mroe I see her pic, she has the potential to replace Helen Thomas on FR..when Helen leaves us for that big mosque in the sky..


16 posted on 06/08/2011 9:49:02 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Nice why stop there run a Conservative as a fake Dem. Who knows you might get lucky and have a Rep vs Rep(Fake Dem) in the General election.

I think California has this one Right. 50% of the voters must be in Favor of the recall before you can proceed.


17 posted on 06/08/2011 10:38:45 AM PDT by Bailee
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To: Cyman
... I just still cringe when I read about Republicans wallowing in the mud with racist left-wingers.

If we don't get smart Cyman, you will soon be cringing in a gulag. This is not illegal. For years they have been holding us to the highest standards while they lie, cheat, and do whatever they need to win. We are not in the mud with them. We are just protecting our interest for once.

18 posted on 06/08/2011 5:29:10 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (I retain the right to be inconsistent, contradictory and even flat-out wrong!)
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