NOT SHOCKED: Wisconsin GOP Running Fake Democrats in May 8 Primary to Prevent High Turnout from Dethroning Republicans
It may not be precedented, but it sure is predictable.
The Wisconsin GOP has lined up six fake Democrats to run in the May 8th Recall Election primaries to ensure that there will be Democratic primaries in each district so that no Republicans will have to face general election on that day. It is a somewhat gross, though technically legal, abuse of state election law.
GOP spokesman Ben Sparks says Gladys Huber will run for governor; Isaac Weix will run for lieutenant governor; and Gary Ellerman, Tamara Varebrook, James Engel and James Buckley will run in four state Senate recalls.
The move only wastes time for Wisconsin voters. Wisconsin Republicans will spend no money on any of the fake Democrats’ campaigns.
Sparks says running what he called “recall protest candidates” guarantees a clear primary date and ensures no Republicans will face a general election that day, when Democrats likely will turn out in huge numbers to select a gubernatorial challenger.
Kristin Dexter, one of the real Democratic challengers from Eau Claire, called the move “cynical” and “disrespecting the process.”