Gladys Huber, an 80-year-old Mequon woman who has filed papers to run as a Democrat in the 8th Senate District recall election made an odd comment when reached by a reporter.
“I really have no comment at all,” she said. “I will refer you to the Republican Party of Wisconsin.”
State party officials did not return calls about Huber’s candidacy but they have been upfront about its intention to run Republicans as Democrats in an effort to give incumbent senators like the 8th District’s Alberta Darling more time to raise money and campaign.
The state’s Government Accountability Board said Friday that Huber has officially registered to run as a Democrat against state Rep. Sandy Pasch of Whitefish Bay. If both candidates meet the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline to file nominating petitions, a primary election would be held July 12 and the winner of that race would take on Darling on Aug. 9.
Democratic candidate an active Republican
While Huber won’t talk about why she’s running as a Democrat, there is no doubt that she has longtime roots as an active member of the Republican party in Ozaukee County.
Huber, born in April 1931, is one of 10 people elected to serve as a leader in the Ozaukee County Republican Party. For a number of years, she has served as a member-at-large.
Huber has a yard sign supporting Darling in front of her home. She also donated $100 to Darling on March 28, according to the GAB. Between 2002 and 2010 Huber gave almost $2,000 to Republican candidates or the state party, records show.
Huber is a longtime poll worker in Ozaukee County, most recently serving as the Republican observer in the Supreme Court recount. In 1996, she was the membership chairwoman for the county GOP. She was the quoted by the Journal Sentinel as saying: “I am a firm believer in the grassroots. The grassroots is where the grunt work gets done.”
In 1994, Huber filed a complaint against Eric Grant, who was a Republican candidate for the 60th District Assembly seat. Grant, she said, had not formed a committee before raising and spending money on his campaign. He paid a $150 fine.