State Sen. Van Wanggaard Playing Partisan Politics With Recall Election Results
I grant my readers the fact I have never been ‘on stage’, nor thrown off by angry voters. I cannot begin to understand, other than what history has written countless times, how the impact of such a total repudiation from voters must feel.
But I am quite certain, if that scenario were to happen to me, to have an opposite reaction from what is being displayed by Racine Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard.
Wanggaard told Sykes he has not made the decision yet, but said many are calling on him to seek legal action rather than concede the election, a move Wanggaard said could potentially cost $100,000 to $200,000.
If Wanggaard concedes, the Government Accountability Board will certify the election results and Lehman will be sworn in, giving Democrats a 17-16 Senate majority. If Wanggaard seeks legal action, the Board cannot certify the election until the court decides the case, delaying Lehman from joining the Senate.
I could just say this is a silly episode in Wisconsin politics. But that would be allowing for the truly irksome manner in which Van Wanggaard is acting to get a free pass from the public.
Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard is trying to create smoke by ginning up ‘vote fraud’ in order to deny the Democratic majority in the state senate from taking power. That is just low-ball partisan politics that has no place in Wisconsin. The recall election is over and Democratic candidate John Lehman won the race with over 800 votes.
I am disgusted that yet one more time the political process is being spat upon by Wisconsin Republicans. I am peeved that there seems no bounds of decency from Republicans regarding the process and rules which govern how democracy should operate. Elections are fought hard during the campaign, but once over there should be a classy ending from all concerned.
I am not sure how Van Wanggaard played baseball as a kid, but in my little town of Hancock (Waushara County) when the other team scored more runs we would tip our ballcaps and smile even though we had hoped for a different outcome.
There is something to be said for acting in a gracious manner.
The fact that Van Wanggaard is unable to muster the inner strength to make a concession speech is not just an embarrassment for the GOP, it is also a character flaw in the Racine Republican that is coming to light for all to see.