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Friday, June 10, 2011

 5:36 PM 

Dem leader doesn't rule out fielding fake GOP candidates in recalls

Responding to a call from a group urging them to counter the GOP strategy of running "protest" candidates in Dem recall primaries, state Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate said the party is keeping its options open.

"Our goal remains the same - to hold the elections that have been called for by tens of thousands of Wisconsinites, and to be free of the blatant and unprecedented Republican exploitation of the recall process," Tate said in a press release this afternoon. "We will review the options available to ensure fair elections that allow the people to have their voice heard, and that aren't manipulated by this cynical Republican conspiracy to game the system for their partisan gain."

We Are Wisconsin, a group that identifies itself as a network of organizations religious leaders, student groups, community groups, labor union members, today called for Dems to copy the tactic.

"This opinion is not rendered lightly," the group said in a statement. "This is the most cynical manipulation of the Wisconsin electoral process in our state’s history, and is being done by a Republican party that has demonstrated no respect for the rule of law and our state’s tradition of clean elections and good governance. Unfortunately, however, after evaluating the strategic implications of their despicable tactics, to simply stand idly by would amount to unilateral disarmament and would almost certainly thwart the will of the hundreds of thousands of voters who support recalling Republican Senators in the upcoming elections."

Candidates would face a difficult challenging in gathering the necessary signatures for candidacy in the recall elections of GOP senators. The deadline is Tuesday at 5 p.m.

-- By Greg Bump

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