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State Sen. Van Wanggaard Playing Partisan Politics With Recall Election Results

July 9, 2012

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.

  1. IRV permalink
    July 13, 2012 6:47 PM

    You might want to read this even if you don’t post it here.

  2. nyar permalink
    July 10, 2012 9:25 AM

    The people of Wisconsin still do not realize that this is no longer politics, it is WAR. The Republicans are willing to lie, threaten, cheat, and as the Gabby Gifford case shows even kill to get their way. Fair? HA! Until the Wisconsin voters realize this is no longer a ‘gentlemanly’ contest but a bloody struggle for the survival of democracy they will remain victims of every legal loophole and obscure rule the Republicans can find to suppress, sidetrack, and destroy the will of the people. The gentle pastoral ‘vote for the best of the two regardless of party’ tradition is over. You can’t get it back. The enemy won’t let you. “Who’s side are you on?”

  3. d.ante permalink
    July 10, 2012 6:39 AM

    The left has set the standards with the recalls , the recounts and the court challenges in the past year. Now that the tables are turned they all of the sudden act offended. Hypocritical and phony that is what we have left in this state for the Democratic party. Once again the left proves that they have little credibility when it comes to honesty, morals, and being consistent.

  4. Solly permalink
    July 9, 2012 3:13 PM

    Right on took the words right out of my keypad! “And Windy has stor-my eyes
    That flash at the sound of lies
    And Windy has wings to fly
    Above the clouds (above the clouds)
    Above the clouds (above the clouds)” I was looking for the right-wingnut chorus to advise the Wangster to give it up, like they did Kloppy, but all I hear is crickets. That senate seat has a weird history of senators getting tossed out, Dems like Henry Dorman (personal use of state phones by him and his kids), Joe Strohl (looking past his st. senate seat for statewide office – nice guy by the way), and then the Repugs, who think once they’ve been elected by those great unwashed they don’t matter any more, only what the Governor wants, Petak who did Tommy’s bidding on the GIANT TAX INCREASE, SOCIALISM FOR THE RICH, HEAR THAT CONSERVATIVES – Brewer stadium, and Wangster who bought Wanker’s line about the reason we’re in a giant hole is the teachers, nurses, firefighters and cops, but don’t worry, the corporate welfare which we don’t know how much it will cost, it is nothing.

  5. windy33 permalink
    July 9, 2012 1:10 PM

    he’s a hole and he needs to prove it. they did so much bashing about the other side when kloppenburg asked for a recount and when it was over. she gracefully gave up. this is the difference between those that care only about the rich and those that care about the working class people. they don’t have the majority so lets pout. the koch brothers couldn’t buy it all so lets pout. and while we hold things up lets try to ram as much as we can through rather people like it or not. the working class men are more man this whiner poor loser ever will be.

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