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The Fond du Lac Reporter and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are reporting that Republican leaders are seeking to place fake Democrats on the ballot.

In letters pdfed and linked to in the Journal Sentinel, officials of the Republican Party of Wisconsin sent petitions and explicit instructions to followers to get them to place cronies on the Democratic primary ticket even though they are not Dems. The strategem is meant to push back recall elections a month and to force Dems to spend money in a primary.

The Sentinel Journal reports:

"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."

Two "democratic" challengers will mount primary campaigns in the districts currently occupied by Republican Senators Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac and Luther Olsen of Ripon. Both challengers have contributed primarily to Republicans.

"It's something being coordinated by the RPW, [Republican Party of Wisconsin]" Feyen is quoted as saying.

The LaCrosse Tribune obtained a recording of Lacrosse County Republican Vice Chairman Julian Bradley discussing plans to run a spoiler "democratic" candidate against Democrat Jennifer Shilling in order to delay the recall of Republican Dan Kapanke. Bradley attributes the strategy to Mark Jefferson, the executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

n Olsen's race, Sauk County Republican Party Chairman Tim McCumber and Waupaca County Republican Party Chairman Fred Zaug are encouraging conservatives in their area to gather enough signatures to get Rol Church on the ballot as a Democrat.

"Please help maintain our Republican legislative majority today!" the pair wrote. "We can't stress enough how important it is to have Rol on the ballot to combat the shady maneuvers of Madison liberals and their out-of-state allies."

The letter asks supporters to collect 800 signatures by June 13.

"Please join us in supporting Rol Church's 'protest candidacy' on the Democratic ballot by signing the enclosed nomination paper and returning it to us right away!" the pair of GOP officials wrote.

The LaCrosse Tribune

Some Republicans are questioning the strategy of postponing primaries until September when students return to school and are available to vote.

I guess desperate times require desperate measures!

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  •  This is me! (9+ / 0-)

    Too tired to post now. Am scheduling for the early am.

    Let America be America Again - Langston Hughes Rick Santorum

    by TheFatLadySings on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 10:00:54 PM PDT

  •  This was already diaried yesterday. (2+ / 0-)
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    TheFatLadySings, northsylvania

    But, it's worth repeating, if only as an example of how it happens that we have so many DINOs and RINOs and to substantiate that there is some truth to the claim that there's often little difference to discern from party affiliation.
    In some cases, the "system" is organized so as to make elections pro forma.  In NH, for example, if no candidates file for a position in the legislature according to party affiliation, their names can appear under both major party headings.  If not enough Democrats step up and volunteer, Republicans can be inserted in their place and voters have no way of knowing who's what.
    In other places, primaries serve to provide the illusion of choice to the voters while the lack of a primary tells the electorate that the absent party isn't important (potent) enough to count.  Democrats, for some reason, have decided that no primaries and no choices is how the electorate likes it. Then they're surprised when the voters are un-informed and/or stay home.

    http://www.youtube.com/cyprespond

    by hannah on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:01:08 AM PDT

  •  There are enough fake Dems (1+ / 0-)
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    TheFatLadySings

    placed on the ballot by Dems.

    I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

    by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 06:55:55 AM PDT

  •  An extra month will give (1+ / 0-)
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    TheFatLadySings

    the Democratic challenger more time to plan and execute their campaign to unseat the radical republicans.  The Republicans are pushing their radical agenda harder and harder, exposing themselves to more and more media scrutiny and exposing just how radical and anti-Wisconsin that they really are.  The longer wait will make their defeat by a larger margin.

    The radical republican legislature and Walker are doubling down on a strategy that makes Ghengis Kahn look like a cute cuddly teddy bear.  People actually notice.

    They will notice the lost HSR jobs and economic development.  They will notice the loss of their collective bargaining rights.  They will notice the privatizing of their prisons and school systems, the loss of local control of their schools, the attempt to loot the public retirement funds, which in Wisconsin are the nation's most solvent, the people will notice that a radical republican agenda is being implemented by cut and paste legislation of questionable constitutionality.

    An extra month will cause an additional 5 per cent drainage of republican votes, and will lead to an overwhelming Democratic GOTV effort to rid Wisconsin of this pack of radical republicans.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 07:12:21 AM PDT

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