By some standards the night was a major disappointment – but to others, it was a major victory. Looking at it from the perspective of this article, the fighting middle class caused a stir that is truly unprecedented last night – and is just the beginning of the shake-up we are about to see:
The other twist on last night’s results was the accusation of tampering – a serious accusation that has merit. If you were watching the results live on The Ed Show, you would have seen an eerie silence descend before the outcry from the crowd as Ed read the report that Waukesha County results would be at least one hour late. The comment was made that the news was “unsettling.” Almost immediately came this statement from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate,
The race to determine control of the Wisconsin Senate has fallen in the hands of the Waukesha County clerk, who has already distinguished herself as incompetent, if not worse. She is once more tampering with the results of a consequential election and in the next hours we will determine our next course of action. For now, Wisconsin should know that a dark cloud hangs over these important results.
We cannot let this go – “if there is even a hint of possible fraud or corruption an investigation must be conducted…”
We’ll be tweeting and updating this blog tonight during the results. This could be a huge victory for Dems and show national Dems what it will take to take back Washington in 2012 – supporting the people, fighting for the needs of the working class.
This is a big day for Wisconsin AND the nation! If you are in Wisconsin, don’t stay at home, get out and vote – show the rest of the country what we can do if we rally against injustice and fight for our rights and fairness.
(Reuters) – Residents in six Wisconsin state Senate districts are voting on Tuesday in the nation’s largest ever group of recall elections, which could provide an indication of trends for the 2012 U.S. presidential race.
Six state Senate Republicans face recall elections on Tuesday in what has become a referendum on Republican Governor Scott Walker’s conservative policies. Two Senate Democrats face challengers on August 16 and one retained his seat in July.
Control of the state Senate hangs in the balance as Democrats need to win three of the six races to take back the Senate if they also retain the two seats up for election on August 16.
A Walker-led drive this year to limit the power of public sector unions prompted massive pro-union protests and helped lead to the recall elections.
In the Milwaukee suburbs Tuesday, where Republican Senator Alberta Darling is trying to hold her seat against Democratic Representative Sandy Pasch, turnout was steady in the first hour after voting opened, a poll worker in Shorewood said.
“I think it’s really important for people to show that what is going on in Madison and Governor Walker’s leadership are really off the mark,” said Nancy Bornstein, a Shorewood resident who voted in the Darling-Pasch election.
Bornstein, a former Shorewood school board member who endorsed Pasch, said the race has galvanized the community, which is the first suburb north of Milwaukee on Lake Michigan.
In Whitefish Bay north of Shorewood, resident Tony Marchese called the elections “bogus” after casting his vote at the city library and said the senators were “hired” to vote and did so.
“There should be no recall at all, not at all because nobody that is being recalled did any damage and didn’t do anything wrong,” Marchese said.
After casting her vote Tuesday in Whitefish Bay, Pasch said, “There is a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of optimism, a lot of energy.”
Spending on the nine elections had reached $33 million, most of it from outside special interest groups. Interest group spending has far eclipsed the Wisconsin record of about $20 million set in 2008 elections that covered half the state Senate and all Assembly members.
There have been 20 state-level recall elections in U.S. history before this year and never six in a single day. All told, there are 10 recall elections planned this year including the nine in Wisconsin and one in Arizona.