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Wisconsin Senate Race Highlights GOP Ties To Special Interests

Wisconsin Senate Race Highlights GOP Ties To Special Interests

The issue of special interests taking over the state of Wisconsin is not limited to just the battle to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker. In the 2012 race for U.S. Senate, Wisconsin voters face a similar problem and Republicans in the state don’t seem to care.

In fact, they seem to be downright giddy at the prospect of turning the state over to the highest bidder but know this is going to be a tough sell to Wisconsinites. This was apparent at the recent Republican Party of Wisconsin convention when deciding whether to endorse Eric Hovde or Tommy Thompson to run. Eric Hovde, Washington D.C. hedge fund banker, was the first candidate rejected by party activists in the endorsement vote, garnering only 16% of the vote. Former Bush Administration Cabinet Secretary, Tommy Thompson, who has spent the last seven years peddling influence in Washington, was the second candidate rejected by party activists winning only 18% of the vote.

The primary is in August, so there’s still time for activists to unite behind a candidate. And while they cant seem to agree right now, in the end it won’t matter much since the difference between Thompson and Hovde, as far as Wisconsin is concerned, are negligible.

Both Thompson and Hovde have made fortunes working for the very industries hurting Wisconsin the most. Both candidates would cut taxes for multi-millionaires while raising taxes on the middle and lower classes. Both have endorsed Paul Ryan’s plan to gut Medicare and end public education as we know it.

Getting Wisconsin back on track won’t just happen with the recall effort. It will happen again in November when voters decide if they want more of a Republican agenda that attacks the middle class for the benefit of the super-rich. Like the rest of the country, that’s an agenda Wisconsin just can’t afford.

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3:51PM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Have you noticed that the so-called "job creators" that comprise the 1% elite of the country are instead spending a heck of a lot of money on political advertising? The Republicans are slated to spend 1.8 billion dollars to defeat Obama in the fall. They already have spent at least 30 million to key Walker in office as Governor of Wisconsin. Think how many jobs that money could have created. The elites are not investing in the U.S.A. and jobs, they are investing in themselves.

11:05AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

I just heard on MSNBC that there are reports of robo calls going out now telling voters that if they signed the recall, they don't have to vote! How, in this day and age, do they get away with this? Wisconsin - please, please, PLEASE - wake up! Get rid of these crooks! Recall Walker and his scum admin!

10:58AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Right-wing voters can be divided into two groups - the self-interested and the stupid.

9:55AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

The Borowitz Report.

OTTAWA (The Borowitz Report) – The Canadian coast guard was on alert today, preparing for what it fears could be a massive invasion of boat people from Wisconsin.

Conor McGlindon, commander of the Royal Canadian Mounted Coast Guard (RCMCG), said that satellite photos had revealed a “substantial flotilla” in the making, as Wisconsinites prepared to flee their state for their neighbor to the North.

“Word has gotten around that we have policemen, firemen, and basic school lunches up here,” Mr. McGlindon said. “You can’t blame these boat people for seeking a better life. But we are under orders to intercept them.”

In Canada, officials fear that refugees from Wisconsin will brave the treacherous journey across Lake Superior in the hopes of giving birth to so-called “anchor babies” on Canadian soil.

9:55AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Mr. McGlindon offered reporters a look at satellite photos showing the boat people larding their vessels with wheels of premium cheddar cheese, possibly in the hopes of bribing Canadian officials on Superior’s northern shore.

“We are telling all of our men that under no circumstances should they accept offerings of cheese,” he said. "These boat people are desperate and they will try anything."

Reports of the looming refugee crisis coincided with the release of a new poll showing that Gov. Scott Walker is now the most hated man in Wisconsin, narrowly edging Brett Favre.

Speaking at the state capitol, Gov. Walker seemed philosophical about his legacy: "I'm not worried how history will remember me, because if I have my way there won't be any history teachers.”

8:49AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Thanks for the info.

8:47AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

The trolls are still trying to divert attention from the crook that is Walker. The only place he should be is prison. Remember all the right wingers shrieking "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime"?

But now that it's one of their own, listen to them defend him. So sad, what passes for a voter in this country.

8:34AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

And yes, Democrats are so pure! They would never be in bed with someone such as Goldman Sach or anoone else!

8:01AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

And if Walker claims the state has a surplus, why are they laying off teachers to save money?

For his legal defense fund?

8:00AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Mike C, the Wisc surplus is smoke and mirrors from Walker, but apparently it was good enough to fool you.

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