Multiple candidates preparing for Wisconsin recall in all 9 senate districts

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June 10, 2011

By Geoff Pallay and Greg Janetka

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2011 Wisconsin Senate Recalls

Senators Facing Recall
Robert CowlesAlberta DarlingSheila HarsdorfDave HansenJim HolperinRandy HopperDan KapankeLuther OlsenRobert Wirch

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MADISON, Wisconsin: As of yesterday, all six recalls against Republican incumbents have now seen multiple candidates declare an intent to run in the race.

The filing deadline for candidates to submit their required 400 signatures to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board is Tuesday, June 14.

If the candidates for the campaigns are certified, then a primary will occur on July 12 with the eventual recall to take place on August 9.

Democratic officials have criticized the intent of supposedly Republican-leaning individuals to run in a Democratic primary.[1] Republican officials meanwhile have publicly supported the candidacies of “fake” candidates.[2]

There are currently six individuals who have been called “fake” candidates. They are:

Assemblywoman Sandy Pasch (D), who is also running in district 8 against Alberta Darling, criticized the fake candidate, saying "It's a little appalling to me that they are running a fake Democrat."[3] Similar sentiments came from other Democratic candidates. Nancy Nusbaum -- who has declared in District 2 -- called the move "a mockery of the democratic process," and "a sign of desperation,"[4] while Shelly Moore -- who has declared in District 10 -- released a statement, saying, "the Republican Party must immediately shut down this partisan, coordinated attack on democracy that wastes taxpayer dollars."[5]

The “fake” candidates, which include a former Republican state assemblyman and a recent member of the La Crosse County Republican Committee, have been upfront about their motives. Junkermann, when asked if he was a "spoiler candidate," replied, “I don’t know how I could avoid being considered that,”[4] while Smith said, "I consider myself more of a protest candidate than a spoiler candidate. I think light really needs to be shed onto the recall process.”[6]

Meanwhile, all three Democratic incumbent races have seen multiple candidates file as opponents as well. However, there has been no criticism publicly regarding the nature of these opponents. If the two Republican candidates running in Wirch, Hansen, and Holperin recalls each obtain sufficient numbers of signatures, then that will trigger primaries on July 19 and a recall election on August 16.

2011 Wisconsin Recall Campaigns
District State senator Winning % in 2008 Recall papers filed Recall signatures required Recall signatures submitted Recall signatures validated Percentage of signatures validated Opponent Recall primary date Recall election date
12
Jim Holperin 51.2% February 19 15,960 23,300[7] 19,255[8] 82.63% Kim Simac[9] July 19 August 16
22
Robert Wirch 66.7% February 24 13,537 18,300[10] 17,138[8] 93.65% Jonathan Steitz[11] July 19 August 16
30
Dave Hansen 66.1% February 25 13,852 18,872[12] 15,540[8] 82.34% David VanderLeest[13] N/A July 19
2
Robert Cowles Unopposed March 2 15,960 26,000[14] 23,959[15] 92.15% Nancy Nusbaum[16] July 12 August 9
8
Alberta Darling 50.5% March 2 20,343 30,000[17] 22,243[15] 74.14% Assemblywoman Sandy Pasch[18] July 12 August 9
10
Sheila Harsdorf 56.4% March 2 18,816 23,000[19] 23,685[15] 102.97% Shelly Moore[20] July 12 August 9
14
Luther Olsen Unopposed March 2 14,733 24,000[21] 22,207[15] 92.52% Assemblyman Fred Clark[22] July 12 August 9
18
Randy Hopper 50.05% March 2 15,269 22,500[23] 22,953[15] 102.01% Jessica King[24] July 12 August 9
32
Dan Kapanke 51.4% March 2 15,588 30,000[25] 21,776[15] 72.58% Assebmlywoman Jennifer Shilling[26] July 12 August 9


See also

References

  1. Twin Cities, "Wisconsin Republicans accused of dirty tricks in recall elections," June 6, 2011
  2. Daily Journal, "Wisconsin Republican Party encourages spoiler candidates to run in recalls to force primaries," June 6, 2011
  3. WISN, "'Fake Democrat' Enters Wisconsin Recall Race," June 9, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 Green Bay Press Gazette, "Former GOP lawmaker to run as Democrat in Cowles' recall race," June 8, 2011
  5. ‘’Hudson Patch, “Republican Isaac Weix to Run as Democrat in Harsdorf Recall Primary Election,” June 6, 2011
  6. WEAU, "Former Republican leader to run as Democrat in recall race," June 8, 2011
  7. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Jim Holperin Recall Committee," accessed on June 9, 2011
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 WisPolitics, "Dem recalls certified," June 8, 2011
  9. Simac defeated Robert Lussow in a primary on July 19
  10. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Taxpayers to Recall Robert Wirch," accessed on June 9, 2011
  11. Steitz defeated Fred Ekornaas in a primary on July 19
  12. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Recall Dave Hansen," accessed on June 9, 2011
  13. John Nygren was removed from the ballot by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board for insufficient signatures, on June 27, 2011
  14. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Committee to Recall Cowles," accessed on June 9, 2011
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Chart detailing recall signatures, accessed on May 23, 2011
  16. Nusbaum defeated Otto Junkermann in a primary on July 12
  17. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Committee to Recall Darling," accessed on June 9, 2011
  18. Pasch defeated Gladys Huber in a primary on July 12
  19. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Committee to Recall Harsdorf," accessed on June 9, 2011
  20. Moore defeated Isaac Weix in a primary on July 12
  21. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Committee to Recall Olsen," accessed on June 9, 2011
  22. Clark defeated Rol Church in a primary on July 12
  23. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Committee to Recall Hopper," accessed on June 9, 2011
  24. King defeated John Buckstaff in a primary on July 12
  25. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Committee to Recall Kapanke," accessed on June 9, 2011
  26. Shilling defeated James Smith in a primary on July 12