Wisconsin’s unprecedented recall elections could soon get even more complicated. A coalition of union groups active in state Senate recalls now advocates that Democrats field fake Republican candidates to run in primary elections against GOP state senators – just as Republicans are fielding fake Democrats to run against those who challenging GOP incumbents.
Friday evening, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin issued a statement that neither endorsed nor ruled out the idea, saying the party will “review the options available.”
The proposal from We Are Wisconsin, described in an email from Kelly Steele, communications director, was sent earlier Friday. The email argued that it was necessary to keep Republicans from hijacking the election process, and called on interested Democrats to contact the state Democratic Party and volunteer to run as Republicans in the districts of six GOP senators subject to recall elections.
Steele says he hadn’t coordinated the We Are Wisconsin statement with the Democratic Party. The push for fake GOP candidates comes after Republicans began fielding fake Democratic candidates in those same districts.
Democrats would have to work fast to collect signatures for their fake Republican candidates, if they decide to do that. Tuesday is the filing deadline for those recall elections.