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The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel blog No Quarter has confirmed that the Republican Party of Wisconsin is trying to get fake Democratic candidates on the ballot in the recall elections against GOP state Senators (hat tip Desi's in the diaries):

In letters obtained by No Quarter, local Republican Party officials are encouraging their GOP colleagues to collect enough signatures to get a fake Democratic candidate on the ballot in each of two upcoming recall elections.

The spoiler Democrats, who are identified by name in the letters, would run in the Democratic primaries for the seats now held by Republican Sens. Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac and Luther Olsen of Ripon.

Both of the fake Democrats have a history of giving almost exclusively to major Republicans.

"We need to make sure Democrat challengers face primaries to allow our Republicans time to mount a campaign," Dan Feyen, chairman of the 6th Congressional District Republican Party, wrote in the letter to "fellow conservatives" on Friday.

"A Democratic primary," Feyen continued, "will push the general election back by one month, so that Senator Hopper can have more time to organize a campaign against his liberal challenger."

That's verbatim what is in the other two-page letter encouraging support for the second fake Democratic candidate, except that note substitutes Olsen's name for Hopper's.

This follows on the heels of a report from last week that Wisconsin Republican officials, including the executive director of the state party, were looking to field a fake Democratic candidate in the recall election against GOP state Senator Dan Kapanke. Given all this, it's likely that Republicans at least attempted to find a fake Democratic candidate in all six of the recall elections they face on July 12.

The idea behind this effort is to delay the recall elections. If more than one challenger to the incumbent facing recall qualifies for the ballot, then a recall primary will be held on July 12 and the general election on August 9. Wisconsin Republicans seem to believe that if they have more time to campaign they can stretch Democratic resources thinner and pile on the negative attacks deeper.

Additionally, having multiple recall elections could very well allow Republicans to catch confused Democratic voters "sleeping on July 12," as Dan Kapanke is on record hoping. This might allow Republicans to snatch one or two victories from the jaws of defeat. With Democrats needing to win three of the six recall elections, that could prove to be the difference in the balance of power in the Wisconsin state Senate.

It isn't a surprise that Republicans are trying to pull some final dirty tricks in a desperate attempt to hold onto power in Wisconsin. All we can do is keep fighting back. Please, contribute $6 to the Wisconsin recall effort on Orange to Blue, where you can find all six real Democratic candidates.

This post has been edited. In the original version, I was confusing the rules for partisan and non-partisan recall primaries

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 09:15 AM PDT.

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  •  I smell desperation (16+ / 0-)

    I also smell a mole. How did No Quarter obtain these letters? Someone in the GOP is disgusted by this. Which raises the question as to how many bridges Walker has burned in his own party. His conniving and authoritarian treatment of Democrats is probably just his personality.

    Look for more fun as the Republicans go nuts trying to plug their leaks as they continue to create more by going nuts.


    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 09:24:27 AM PDT

  •  Thanks and will do nt (1+ / 0-)
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    sherlyle

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 09:32:24 AM PDT

  •  I'm confused by this: (0+ / 0-)
    If one candidate wins 50% +1 in a recall primary, then there will be no recall general election for that seat.

    Why not?

    Exspectamus et vigilamus: quod nolite somnamus.

    by tapu dali on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 09:34:22 AM PDT

  •  Challenge the fakes. (2+ / 0-)
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    sherlyle, elwior

    People should challenge John Buckstaff and Rol Church, what are they hoping to accomplish? The tactic seems meant to delay the recall elections, so the Republican State Senators will have more time to do the things that they know they don't have a mandate for.

    Greg McKendry, Linda Kraeger, Dr. George Tiller, Steven Johns. Victims of Wingnut violence

    by Judge Moonbox on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 09:34:45 AM PDT

  •  This is a strike (5+ / 0-)
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    sherlyle, Louise, Kobuk Sands, elwior, Matt Z

    against the very nature of democracy and is despicable.

    This is Florida — where the laws of our democracy are now openly, officially For Sale.

    by tygerwilde on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 09:37:09 AM PDT

  •  Chris, I think you mistinterpret WI recall process (6+ / 0-)

    Since this is a partisan office, there is a primary for each party, and then a general - not the 50%+1.

    WI constitution (clipped):  Article XIII

    SECTION 12.
    (4)  (b) For any partisan office, a recall primary shall be held for each political party which is by law entitled to a separate ballot and from which more than one candidate competes for the party's nomination in the recall election. The person receiving the highest number of votes in the recall primary for each political party shall be that party's candidate in the recall election. Independent candidates and candidates representing political parties not entitled by law to a separate ballot shall be shown on the ballot for the recall election only.
        (c) When a recall primary is required, the date specified under sub. (2) shall be the date of the recall primary and the recall election shall be held on the Tuesday of the 4th week after the recall primary or, if that Tuesday is a legal holiday, on the first day after that Tuesday which is not a legal holiday.

    RECOUNT. Recall - Done!! VOTE!!! Rescind. Rebuild.

    by stcroix cheesehead on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 09:39:07 AM PDT

  •  Re Repubs constant lying and cheating ... (2+ / 0-)
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    sherlyle, elwior

    As I recently commented elsewhere ...

    Part of me looks at their behavior and thinks,"You know, guys ...  

    If you have to constantly lie and cheat -- consciously, knowing full well that that is what you are doing -- in order to win elections and positions of power ...

    ... and if you have to constantly make up lies and smears to try to poison voters against your opponents ...

    ... and if you have to constantly lie about your own positions in order to fool the American people so that you'll have a chance of being elected, because you know full well that they won't approve of your true positions ...

    Does it never occur to you -- even in brief moments -- that maybe you aren't the people who should be elected?"

    This behavior really does show Republicans' contempt for democracy.  

    They really don't trust the American people to make the "right" choice (i.e. them).  They know what is best, and the rest of us are too dumb to know any better.

    •  heck, they're even bragging about it. (2+ / 0-)
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      sherlyle, niemann

      They not only consciously lie and cheat, they brag about it publicly.

      RECOUNT. Recall - Done!! VOTE!!! Rescind. Rebuild.

      by stcroix cheesehead on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 09:45:20 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  DeLay said that out loud years ago. (1+ / 0-)
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      niemann

      He said (paraphrasing)  Of course we cheat.  Otherwise we'd never win an election.  
      Tells you all you need to know about who they truly serve..and it ain't We The People.  

    •  Or, questioning myself ... (0+ / 0-)
      This behavior really does show Republicans' contempt for democracy.  

      They really don't trust the American people to make the "right" choice (i.e. them).  They know what is best, and the rest of us are too dumb to know any better.

      Another possibility, which I fear is even more accurate, is:  

      It isn't that they don't trust the American people to make the right choice.  

      It is that they know that, given the right information, the American people will make the right choice ... and that that won't benefit their own wallets.  

      Thus, they have to actively subvert democracy because democracy isn't in their self-interest.  And screw everyone else.  They would actively promote totalitarian dictatorship if they could get away with it.

  •  If I'm understanding the Republican plan correctly (2+ / 0-)
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    methylin, Anthony de Jesus

    ...they're exploiting a technical feature of WI election law.  They're pretty straightforward about it in the letter, and when you send a letter like that you have to assume it won't stay secret.  They're not trying to force Democrats into a campaign, just trying to delay their own recall elections and I don't blame them.  

    It's better to curse the darkness than light a candle. --Whoever invented blogs, c.1996

    by Rich in PA on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 09:41:49 AM PDT

  •  Is this even *legal*? (2+ / 0-)
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    sherlyle, elwior

    Aren't there laws against disrupting free and fair elections? Isn't this a conspiracy?

    Can they get an injunction against the placement of additional candidates on the ballot? What about  labels or party-affiliation names: the "REAL ACTUAL Democrats"?

    It's obvious that the Wisconsin Dems are going to have to be handing out flyers at each doorstep - do the Republicans have the manpower to do this, as well? Or do they only depend on the power of the purse?

    They say "cut back" - we say "fight back"!

    by Louise on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 09:43:24 AM PDT

  •  Yet... (3+ / 0-)
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    sherlyle, AllanTBG, Matt Z

    I somehow doubt Fox will cover this with the same enthusiasm that they covered ACORN. (If at all).

    [F]undamentalists pretty much fall under the same banner ie. "we cant control our junk" - LaFeminista

    by RichM on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 09:46:18 AM PDT

  •  What has my state become??? (2+ / 0-)
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    Kobuk Sands, mchestnutjr

    As a Packer loving, cheese eating, brat eating, hoping the Brewers win a championship, Wisconsinite, all I can say is I am disgusted by the crap going on in my state.  This is precisely why we (Wisconsinites), need to get out there and pound the pavement and let our friends and neighbors know what's going on with this kind of garbage.  We must not stay silent and sit on the sidelines anylonger.  Even if our State Senator is not among the recalled, we must get out there and help educate our fellow Wisconsinites.  Our state is better than what it has become since Walker and his gang have taken over.  Let's do the right thing and restore some sense and democracy back to our great state.  Let's show the rest of America that it can be done and lead by example.

  •  It's not just two districts. (1+ / 0-)
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    itskevin

    I wouldn't be surprised to see this in all six districts.

    In Hanky Kapanke's district:

    Tim Hesse, a computer programmer from La Crosse, has registered as a Republican, though he said Wednesday that was a paperwork error and he is considering a run as a Democrat to offer “a more centered option.”

    Hesse registered in March to run as a Libertarian

    LaCrosse Tribune

    RECOUNT. Recall - Done!! VOTE!!! Rescind. Rebuild.

    by stcroix cheesehead on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 09:55:25 AM PDT

  •  One thing these guys will never be accused (1+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z

    of possessing: Class.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 09:58:11 AM PDT

  •  No whining about it now! (0+ / 0-)

      This is nothing new....D and R are just a label stuck on a person, who is free to think, feel, and vote any way they like. That's why you have asshats like Zell Miller with a D. Or come to think of it, every D from the South until the 70's.
      Same thing that drives the GOP handwringing about "RINO's" as if the only way to be a TRUE republican is to hate homosexuals and immigrants.
      You've got D candidates with conservative views? So what? If you have an educated electorate (ha) then individual candidates have to speak for themselves.
      There's also nothing stopping you from turning the tables. Run some lefties in the GOP primary and maybe the nutcase factor will go down a bit?

    Left Coast Libertarian

    by pacspeed on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 10:01:46 AM PDT

    •  That would be true .. (2+ / 0-)
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      stcroix cheesehead, Kobuk Sands

      ... if this were actually about offering different viewpoints and a real choice to voters.

      This isn't about that at all. It's not about entering real public-service-minded candidates. These candidates are not entering the race because they want to serve the people in the Senate.

      It's about delaying the election. Mucking up the process. Ensuring incumbent victory.

      It's a stupid, cynical tactic.

      Conservatives love America like four-year-old kids love their mommies. -Al Franken

      by leftilicious on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 10:15:07 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Looks like primary challengers in all districts? (1+ / 0-)
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    itskevin

    I've just gotten word on a whack-job running here in the 10th Senate District Democratic primary.  

    Don't want to reveal too much, need to do some oppo research! ;-)

    RECOUNT. Recall - Done!! VOTE!!! Rescind. Rebuild.

    by stcroix cheesehead on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 10:07:32 AM PDT

  •  I'm putting my money where my mouth is (0+ / 0-)

    on Orange To Blue

    "How I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity." William S Burroughs

    by shmuelman on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 10:14:03 AM PDT

  •  Jessica King responds (4+ / 0-)

    Jessica King, who's running against Hopper, issued a statement.

    “In Wisconsin’s heartland we value integrity and honesty. This despicable trick is not how we do things in Wisconsin,  and it's shocking that Senator Hopper would put his Republican Friend and donor into a Democratic Primary.   Sen. Hopper is terrified to face the voters in the recall elections, but he can stand up and do the right thing - ask his friend to end this phony candidacy. The purpose of this dirty trick is clear - delay the election, create confusion and chaos and to avoid being judged by the voters in the recall election.  Sen. Hopper must either shutdown this attempt to hijack the recall election that wastes taxpayer money, or explain to the voters why he approves of these dirty tactics.”

    Yeah, what she said.

    Conservatives love America like four-year-old kids love their mommies. -Al Franken

    by leftilicious on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 10:16:09 AM PDT

    •  You go Jess! (0+ / 0-)
      Sen. Hopper must either shutdown this attempt to hijack the recall election that wastes taxpayer money, or explain to the voters why he approves of these dirty tactics.”

      A wonderful idea!  Make the candidates justify what the party is doing.

      Smack.  Down!

      RECOUNT. Recall - Done!! VOTE!!! Rescind. Rebuild.

      by stcroix cheesehead on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 10:18:08 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Shelly Moore (SD-10, D) response (3+ / 0-)
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      Matt Z, PhilW, buckybadger1988

      Shelly Moore calls on Sheila Harsdorf to oppose any similar tactics

      RIVER FALLS - In a disgracefully transparent attempt to avoid facing voters in recall elections this summer, the GOP is seeking out members of its own party to run as "fake democrats" to force democratic primaries this July.

      "It appears as though the GOP Senators will stop at nothing to avoid being held accountable," said Shelly Moore. "Now they are resorting to dirty tricks in order to delay elections, create confusion and chaos, and avoid being judged by voters in recall elections. Senator Harsdorf must pledge to oppose any similar tactics, and the Republican Party must immediately shut down this partisan, coordinated attack on democracy that wastes taxpayer dollars. These elections must get underway so the State can heal. These underhanded tactics serve no purpose but to divide us further."

      170,000 people signed petitions to recall 6 GOP Senators, including 23,000 in the 10th Senate District. They deserve to have their voice heard – not shut out by scheming GOP party bosses conspiring in backrooms.

      Shelly Moore is a highschool teacher from Ellsworth who has seen firsthand the impact of the radical Walker-Harsdorf agenda on local schools. In the State Senate, Shelly will be an independent and effective leader, working to balance the budget while respecting our working families and seniors.

      Make the GOP candidates own their dirty tricks.

      RECOUNT. Recall - Done!! VOTE!!! Rescind. Rebuild.

      by stcroix cheesehead on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 10:27:05 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Can we drop any pretense (1+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z

    that the Republican Party is anything less than a criminal gang?  They have been stealing elections at least since 2000 and probably before on the local level to test the process.  They have contempt for the democratic process and the voters.  They are thieves and bullies and have apparently decided that they have amassed so much power and money that they can stop pretending to care.

  •  Join them....... (2+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, buckybadger1988

    put some Dems on their side of the ticket.  The math tells you they cannot waste a republican vote on the Dem ticket or the Repub can get knocked out of the box in the primary.  This is why they are so stupid, they never figure out the results if people play their game.  Just get the name on the primary and let them figure it out.  They have to split repub votes to be successful, who cares what happens to their ticket.  Concentrate Dem votes on the true Dem candidate.  But put the spoiler on their ticket and watch the fear.   I am against the tactic but defense alone will not level the field, offense is also needed.

  •  I take it (0+ / 0-)

    that this is not the No Quarter that claimed to have but never bothered to post the Whitey Tape.

    Say, Larry, you find it yet?

    If bin Laden owned an oil company, [the GOP would] be wearing long beards and shooting at US troops in Afghanistan.-Geekesque

    by Dr Squid on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 05:29:37 PM PDT

  •  WI recalls: First GOP stalking Horse announced (0+ / 0-)

    Isaac Weix who has previously run for office as a Republican announced he will stand for the Democratic nomination for Shelia Harsdorf'd seat Sen-10.

    http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/...

    "My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass." --Rep. Steve Kagen D-WI to Karl Rove

    by walja on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 09:55:40 PM PDT

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