Expect to be pumped up and engaged, and ready to go help get out the vote.
Racine TEA Party member Nancy Milholland about the recall rally the group is organizing for Saturday, June 2. Rep. Paul Ryan, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and state Sen. Van Wanggaard are scheduled to attend. Gov. Scott Walker may also participate, but word on his appearance is very guarded three days before the rally begins.
Former state Sen. John Lehman beat out “protest” candidate Tamra Varebrook in the 21st Senate District primary for the chance to face Sen. Van Wanggaard in the June 5 general election. Patch and WGTD 91.1FM are sponsoring a candidates forum on May 24 at Mount Pleasant Village Hall. Both Lehman and Wanggaard accepted our invitation weeks ago, pending the outcome of the primary. What would you like us to ask them during the debate?
The newly formed Racine TEA Party PAC will host a Recall Rally supporting Gov. Scott Walker and state Sen. Van Wanggaard from 10 am to noon on June 2. While the location has yet to be determined, several guests are expected, including: All Patriots Media – Tony Katz, Vicki McKenna, PA Tea Party Activist, and Jenn Stefano, Fox News Contributor. State Senator Van Wanggaard and Nashville recording artist Krista Branch are also expected. CNN contributor Dana Loesch, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Congressman Paul Ryan have also been invited.
State Sen. Van Wanggaard (left) and former state Sen. John Lehman will participate in a live debate on May 24 at Mount Pleasant Village Hall. Wanggaard is the Republican senator representing the 21st Senate District and is under recall. Lehman, whom Wanggaard defeated in November 2010, is trying to get his old job back but first must face a “protest” candidate for the May 8 primary. The candidates forum is sponsored by Patch and WGTD Radio.
Tamra Varebrook, the “protest” candidate for the 21st Senate District, is only supposed to be a placeholder candidate. She is holding a fundraiser in Sturtevant Thursday, but neither the state nor the local GOP know anything about it or why she’s even doing it. “A placeholder candidate is just that,” said Racine County GOP Chair Bill Folk.
When is a recall petition signature not really a recall signature? According to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office, they are investigating charges of potential fraud in relation to a man signing petitions on behalf of at least one neighbor and his family.
There is some debate over whether or not forged signatures on recall petitions targeting State Sen. Van Wanggaard are real fakes or planted fakes. The Committee to Recall Van Wanggaard says they’ve never heard of or don’t remember Mark Demet, who supposedly used a neighbor’s and family members’ names and addresses with phony signatures to fill out petitions. The Racine TEA Party knows the Demet family, but says they are not in contact with Mark. All parties believe Mark might be acting alone.
Residents who want to know if their name appears on a recall petition for State Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) can find out pretty easily now that the list is online. Wanggaard’s recall campaign website has a link so visitors can download a PDF version of the list in alphabetical order. Click here to read the story or search the list.
After weeks of speculation, Wisconsin Democrats have candidates for the recall elections of Republican State Senators. In three of four races, Democratic challengers are current or former elected representatives. There is not yet a challenger in place for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.