Wisconsin Republicans now appear to be conducting specific strategy of disruption in the state Senate recall elections -- beyond just a prior incident that emerged last week: Trying to recruit fake Democratic candidates, not to run as spoilers in the general elections -- at least, not at this point -- but to force Dem primaries that would delay the general elections under the recall rules.
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The key here is that recalls are now tentatively scheduled for July 12, under the state election officials' proposed timelines, targeting six Republicans. As of now, those Republicans are only facing one Democrat each. But if there were additional Democrats, the July 12 date would then become the primary, giving the incumbents more time to campaign.
This story first emerged last week, with a report of an audio recording of a county GOP chairman in the western Wisconsin district of state Sen. Dan Kapanke (R), discussing the idea of recruiting fake candidates at a local Republican meeting in late May. Now, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, local GOP officials in two other districts --Â of state Sens. Randy Hopper and Luther Olsen -- have been discovered to be pursuing the same concept.