Skip to comments.Wisconsin's historic recall elections wrap up this week (2 RAT Fleas can be removed - TOMORROW!)
Posted on 08/15/2011 7:30:07 AM PDT by Libloather
Wisconsin's historic recall elections wrap up this week
By James B. Kelleher
Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:34pm EDT
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wisconsin's series of recall elections concludes on Tuesday when voters go to the polls in two state Senate districts where Democrats are being forced to defend their seats.
Nevertheless, Tuesday's two final votes, like the seven before them, will be watched closely.
Two Democrats who opposed Walker's anti-union bill and even fled the state for weeks in an unsuccessful effort to prevent a quorum and delay passage -- Jim Holperin of Conover and Robert Wirch of Pleasant Prairie -- will be defending their seats.
"As always in Wisconsin politics, one has to give the incumbent an edge," said Mordecai Lee, governmental affairs professor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
"It is likely the two Democratic incumbents will win their recalls -- but it is not a slam dunk," he said.
Holperin seems to be in the tighter race. His rival is Kim Simac, founder of the Northwoods Patriots, a Tea Party group.
Though Simac is a political novice, the district has leaned Republican in the three years since Holperin was elected.
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Nuke ‘em glowing.
I don’t trust al-Reuters analysis....what do those in Wisconsin say?
“I dont trust al-Reuters analysis....what do those in Wisconsin say?”
It looks like we’ll get one back, the Northwoods race looks real good for Simac.
The Wirch race, I have no idea - likely the incumbent holds, that’s just my hunch.
I don’t spend any time over in the Kenosha area (Wirch)
I have been up North twice and it looks like it’s Simac’s race to lose.
My Two Pennies anyway -
Two of six ‘RAT Fleas’ who opposed Walker’s anti-union bill and even fled the state for weeks in an unsuccessful effort to prevent a quorum and delay passage.
Praying here in Maryland for this!
It really depends on turnout....the Dems are dispirited..the race really means nothing to them..if a lot of them skip the polls, and the GOP turns out en masse you could take ‘em both..if you do, that will probably end any idea of recalling Walker..
My 2 cents is this. Last week - the naysayers said (and the fleebag supporting dems) that the GOP recalls would result in the Dems taking back control of the state Senate. Well folks, as I’ve said before, we showed the USA what We The People of Wisconsin are made out of. IMHO we could have kept all seats, but the two we lost were winnable in my book. WHY oh WHY doesn’t the GOP come out and say that the 14 fleeing Dem Senators DESERVE to lose their seats because they DID flee the state, were bought and paid for by the Obama campaign folks and heavy union $$$$ input. Lay it out there.
As for tomorrow’s race - same thing. Wirch’s area is the one in SE Wisconsin where the union thugs went to local businesses a while back and “demanded” that they put “support unions” signs in their windows or they would be boycotted. Businesses and people said NO WAY, union thugs, not going to happen. That little tidbit backfired big time. The union thugs, the whiney teachers union, the out of state 30+Million dollars spent on last weeks race fizzled and backfired. The Dems are demoralized to some extent. DO NOT underestimate these thugs.
As mentioned last week - all of you voters in these two state recalls are representing all of us in Wisconsin who cannot vote - so please get you, your entire family, friends and neighbors to go vote for the GOP candidates in the Dem recall tomorrow, Aug. 16. JUST DO IT. Let’s show them again, that Wisconsin cannot be bullied, lied to, lied about, co-opted, and influenced by out of state Dems trying to make Wisconsin Ground Zero for the 2012 Obama campaign. NOT HAPPENING on our watch.
GOP retained control of the State Senate last week and GOP has tomorrow to take back two seats from two of the fleeing 14 Dems who slithered their way to hide out in Illinois for three weeks. GO VOTE GOP Steitz and Simac tomorrow.
I will thank you from the bottom of my beer glass and my empty bowl of cheese curds. We’re not just a pretty face here in flyover country, I tell ya.
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Just got @ppppolls results from two Wisconsin recall elections Tuesd. Dems will win both by double-digits. Remember, PPP nailed last week.
Are the Wisconsin Repubs going to TRY to win these? Dems are disillusioned after last week, and these could be easily won by a repub turnout.
Late last week she had a heart attack and is currently in the hospital.
I have to admit, one of my first thoughts (after finding out that she was going to pull through) was how glad I was that she had already voted by absentee ballot to throw out Holperin.
Dang. Give her my best.
what do those in Wisconsin say?This is just one person, but my mother lives in Holperin's district, and although she generally votes Republican, she has voted for him every time he's run for the last 20+ years. She always felt that he was a "good man" and that he cared about the people in the district.
After seeing him run and hide in Illinois, not only did she decide to never vote for him again, but she went out and collected signatures on the recall petition.
I hope there are a lot of people who think that way!
The idiot who runs the Daily KOS? Sheesh. Might as well go with what Chris Matthews says.
Dang. Give her my best.Thanks!
Dang. Tell her to vote twice - from the hospital! (It can be done.)
Our thoughts and prayers are with your mom in her recovery.
I hope, too that LOTS of folks see the light. Just remind everyone that these two DEMS DID flee the state. Disgusting why this is not brought up over and over as the main point of this recall. The Dems used these recalls to object to the way the GOP voted in the senate. This is NOT what recalls should be about. That’s for normal election day, so spread the word for recalling TWO of the DEM FLEEING 14. WHO the heck approves of a Wisconsinite fleeing to Illinois in the first place?
AND what did they catch and bring back that doesn't need a shot to cure?
Byron York was filling in for Bill Bennett this morning and made a comment to the effect that polling doesn’t look good for either GOP challenger.
He didn’t give specific numbers for either race. he simply said that polling didn’t look good.
Near as I can tell, Byron York is pretty plugged in on political races.
I do hope he’s wrong though.
That would be great - I would love to see them both go down and we are right back where we started, which I agree would end the recall nonesense.
Over here in Dane County (Verona) all I can do is watch the polls tomorrow night.
Side note - I heard this morning that Baldwin is going to throw her hat in the ring for Kohl’s seat if Feingold doesn’t run, I’m guessing he won’t if we get a 2fer tomorrow -
I had to laugh out loud at that thought - if it’s Baldwin on the ticket there’ll be a Republican primary a mile deep - heck I could beat Baldwin in a statewide race in this climate... haha.
...the party of sore losers is also the party of slow learners.
Wisconsin voters, the eyes of the nation and your state are upon you!!! Defeat both Democrats facing re-call!!! Republican victories for your children, your families, your state and our nation!!! Get out and vote tomorrow!!!!
Let’s use “Flee” powder on them tomorrow!
Now the Wisc GOP voters in these two RAT recall elections need to do the same thing, and turn out in record numbers, to put more nails in the union & demoRAT coffins!
BTW..what do you think of Pawlenty running against Klobuchar? there's talk...
We MUST win one of the two races tomorrow — not just to hurt the White House, the MSM, and leftist fundraising, but a 17-16 narrow margin is TOO CLOSE. Any legislator could drop dead, resign, or be caught in scandal.
We need to at least restore a 18-15 majority.
>>Byron York was filling in for Bill Bennett this morning and made a comment to the effect that polling doesnt look good for either GOP challenger.<<
Holperin is the weakest candidate, but his opponent has gotten some unneeded press about her property taxes being delinquent for several years, which is partly true though they’ve always been paid.
I suspect that Dems are demoralized and are going to be harder to turn out this Tuesday now that they failed last Tuesday to regain the Senate, but the tax issue might depress what I earlier thought would be strong Republican turnout to get back for the seats lost last week.
My guess is that we win one and lose one, with northern Republicans defeating Holperin.
Really.....are these dem senators from a lib district hellll hole?
I've heard the RATs are demoralized after last week... I hope & pray that is the case, that the RAT voters will be too bummed out to get their socialist union thug asses out to vote.
GO WISCONSIN GOP!!! Blast the demTurds with everything you got!
On another Wisconsin note, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that the Prosser/Bradley dustup has been referred to a Republican DA for investigation on the criminal side. A Judicial Commission is also investigating on the judicial ethics side.
My guess on the outcome of this: No criminal findings, but clear judicial misconduct on the part of both Bradley and Chief Justice Abrahamson (just guessing, no evidence other than what I’ve read) with Bradley deciding to resign from the Supreme Court and Abrahamson deciding to step down as Chief Justice.
Walker’s got some spine, and if he’s got the goods on those two, some pressure is going to be exerted, in my opinion, especially now that the Republicans still control the Senate.
The first go round (six Republican Senators recall effort) the unions poured money into the campaign (something near $25,000,000) and lost 4 to 2 with one of the two being a squeaker that could have gone either way 'till the end. I live in the 22nd Senatorial district (Wirch) and have seen yard signs for both candidates but not near as many as you'd expect. Lots of "robo-calls" for Seitz from Governor Walker and Pat Boone to name a few. I have yet to get a call pushing Wirch. Slick glossy mailings for both keep appearing in the junk mail and 30 second TV spots are popping up with Wirch back to back with Seitz.
Weirdest thing, I went to "YouTube.com" to view some clips and every clip started with an anti-Seitz spot tacked on the front. They also had some anti Seitz stuff in a sidebar ad. Most of the demo push isn't pro Wirch as much as anti Seitz. They are up to their usual class warfare painting Seitz as an lawyer for big corporate interests when nearly all of the "big corporations" have fled Kenosha County and lots of smaller business have taken their place. I don't think that class warfare is going to play very well here and running and hiding for three weeks out of state doesn't sit well with most people either.
I'm wondering if the unions shot their wad in the first round and haven't got enough left to put up much of a fight for Wirch. Just from what I'm seeing here, it looks like Seitz has a better than even chance of winning. Here's hoping!