This whole story is something akin to a lie that one political party might spread about the other one in an attempt to dirty the water. But instead if this being a smear about the GOP, this whole story is true!
No one would think any political party would step up and announce dirty tricks as a viable plan from their playbook. Yet that is exactly what the Wisconsin Republicans are doing.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald fully endorsed the idea Tuesday of fielding fake Democrats in recall elections against Republicans in an effort to delay the general elections.
“It gives us another month to campaign,” said the Republican from Juneau.
In other words, voters are in no mood for political chicanery.
That is, however, what the GOP is hoping to have happen in Wisconsin. While those hatching such an idea might think it down-right brilliant, citizens of the state understand this tactic is another sign of how frightful Republicans are of the voters.
If the GOP are playing these games now, what will they concoct by the time Governor Walker’s recall election is nearing early next year.
I suggest that the Wisconsin Republican Party just…what was the term from the 2010 mid-term elections they used….oh, yes…’man up’….and face the electorate.
All the additional political bombast, money, and wasted time that would result from this political dirty trick will only make for a rougher outcome for those Republicans who have already riled the average voter.
Now however, if seems that Wisconsin Republicans are taking the low road as they fear the voters. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald seems unaware that there is a backlash that will likely slap him and his fellow Republicans that will only worsen the condition they are presently in as result of their actions this past winter.
Fitzgerald said Republicans would be recruited to run as Democrats — likely in all six races — so that the elections would be pushed back a month. He said he was persuaded by campaign staff that it was a good idea and consulted with state election officials to make sure it was allowed.
Fitzgerald said the idea was developed in response to a fake Republican running last year against Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer of Manitowoc. Ziegelbauer was a Democrat who long voted with Republicans; he quit the Democratic Party last year and ran for re-election as an independent.
A fake Republican ran in an attempt to split the vote between him and Ziegelbauer, giving the Democrat a chance to take the seat. The move didn’t work, and Ziegelbauer kept his seat.
Mark Jefferson, the state Republican Party executive director at the time, called that move a “nasty, cynical ploy.”