Fiscally minded GOP costing Wisconsin a bundle

By Laura Conaway

Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:43 AM EDT

Blame Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. He's not up for recall.

It’s a political trick with a price tag. Wisconsin Republicans’ plan to run fake Democrats in fake primaries in order to stall some of the six recall elections of GOP state senators will cost taxpayers at least $428,000, and perhaps more. No wonder the state senators who have to defend their seats are pedaling away. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

The campaigns for the Republican senators tried to distance themselves Monday from the plan to run fake Democrats, saying it was orchestrated by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and the state Republican Party. Fitzgerald has said all the Republicans facing recalls were informed of the plan in advance.

Democrats have responded to the Republicans’ plan by calling for “placeholder” candidates in every recall district — fake, non-campaigning Democrats — so all the recall elections happen on the same date instead of letting the state GOP force the timing. This kind of political trickery is almost a standard part of campaigning. It’s in the playbook for both sides.

But Republicans started this one, the same Republicans who insisted so righteously that they needed to strip union rights in Wisconsin because the state was broke, the same ones who called for stricter voting laws to maintain the integrity of elections. They’re not about the budget, clearly, nor are they above stooping lower than the ideals they profess.

Via The Maddow Blog

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~ by The 1955 Hudson on June 14, 2011.

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