Wis. Assembly candidate questions AFSCME submitting petitions on his behalf

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July 16, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

MANITOWOC, Wisconsin: Andrew Wisniewski, a Republican candidate for the Wisconsin Assembly is questioning the involvement of AFSCME submitting petitions for ballot access on his behalf[1].

The Mainitowoc Times Herald Reporter said in its July 16, 2010 edition that a field representative for the union submitted his signatures to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board before the nominating deadline[1].

Jason Sidener, the representative who turned in the petitions for Wisniewski, said: "I absolutely believe he is pro-union and pro-public union compared to Bob Ziegelbauer." Sidener feels by helping both the Republican and Democrat candidates in the race furthers their mission to defeat the nine-term incumbent who is an independent. However, Wisniewski called out the union by stating: "it makes no sense on the surface." The Republican candidate further stated: "I feel a little bit that I have been messed with by AFSCME.”[1]

Wisniewski is challenging Democrat Kerry Trask in addition to Ziegelbauer for the 25th District seat. Ziegelbauer left the Democratic Party to run as a independent on June 21, 2010[2].

The 25th District represents most of Manitowoc County, located in northeast Wisconsin[1].

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