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A secret recording has revealed that high-ranking officials in the Republican Party of Wisconsin are actively seeking to run spoiler, fake Democratic candidates in the upcoming recall elections. Via FlotsamInaWebSea's diary, the recording indicates that this effort stems from the very top of the Wisconsin GOP (emphasis mine):
La Crosse County Republicans discussed running a spoiler candidate against Democrat Jennifer Shilling in an effort to delay the recall election of Sen. Dan Kapanke, according to a secret recording of the party’s general membership meeting last week.
On the recording obtained by the Tribune, party vice chairman Julian Bradley says he just spoke with Mark Jefferson, executive director of the state GOP, and “we are actively keeping our ears to the ground and if anybody knows anybody for a candidate that would be interested on the Democratic side in running in the primary against Jennifer Shilling…. So if anybody knows any Democrats who would be interested, please let us know.”
This is a Republican county chair relaying a discussion he had with the executive director of the state party. As such, this should not be considered an isolated incident coming from a rouge rogue county chair (yes, rogue, not rouge, stupid spell checker). The orders are coming from the very top, and likely being discussed in all six of the recall elections Republicans face.