UNDATED (WSAU) Wisconsin Republicans have put up fake Democrats to guarantee that there are primaries in all six recall elections this spring. The G-O-P says Gladys Huber will be on the Democratic primary ballot for governor, and Isaac Weix for lieutenant governor. Tamara Varebrook, James Buckley, James Engel, and Gary Ellerman will be the fake Democrats in the May 8th primaries in four Senate districts.
Republican officials face recall in all six contests – and the G-O-P says it does not want to run the risk of those incumbents losing on primary day, when Democrats will turn out in droves to pick their challenger to Republican Governor Scott Walker in the June 5th general election.
Party spokesman Ben Sparks says the G-O-P will not spend any campaign money for the fake Democrats. But last year, that didn’t stop Weix from getting to within 10-percentage points of defeating real Democrat Shelly Moore – who ran in a recall contest against Senate Republican Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls. Harsdorf survived. Besides Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch faces a recall challenge along with Senate Republicans Scott Fitzgerald, Van Wanggaard and Terry Moulton. Pam Galloway stepped down before she could face a recall, and Assembly Republican Jerry Petrowski of Marathon is running in her place.