Fake Democrats Will Run in Recall Primaries
Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board voted unanimously to allow “fake Democrats” to be placed on primary ballots for the state’s May 8 recall elections.
Republicans said there was nothing to prevent them from running phony Democrats in the recall primaries, which resulted from Gov. Scott Walker’s so-called Budget Repair Bill, which drastically curtailed the rights of public workers’ unions.
Republicans call the ringers “protest candidates,” and the Government Accountability Board, which oversees Wisconsin elections, said there is nothing wrong with it.
The Government Accountability Board used both terms - fake Democrats and protest candidates - in its statement announcing its unanimous vote.
“We are being asked … to determine whether candidates are lying,” Board Member Timothy Vocke said in the statement issued on the board’s letterhead. “That is an impossible task for this board or anybody else to solve. It is something strictly for the voters to do.” (Ellipsis in statement.)
Gov. Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and three incumbent Republican face recall elections, slated for June 5. A fourth Senate seat is open.