Monday, June 27, 2011

Woo-hoo! Hansen challenger kicked off ballot in WI

Great news! A challenger to our Teamster brother, Wisconsin state Sen. Dave Hansen, has been disqualified from the recall election. has the story:
The Government Accountability Board today ruled GOP state Rep. John Nygren didn't have enough valid signatures on his nomination papers to qualify for the ballot in the 30th SD recall election.
The board found Nygren, R-Marinette, had 398 valid signatures, two short of what he needed. Earlier in the afternoon, the board rejected a challenge to Republican David Vanderleest's nomination papers, leaving him the only Republican on the ballot to challenge Dem Sen. Dave Hansen.
Greg Sargent at the Washington Post explains why this is a big break for the Democrats:
...what happened here is that one of the Dem state senators that Dems and labor thought was genuinely vulnerable to a recall challenge — Dave Hansen — will now no longer face his toughest challenger...
We Are Wisconsin's spokesman Kelly Steele had something to say about that:
The recall efforts in Senate District 30 have seen unprecedented allegations of fraud and corruption, and it’s unfortunate that the man who oversaw and defended of much of that fraud – David VanderLeest – remains on the ballot.

Nevertheless, voters will now face a stark choice between Dave Hansen’s consistent record of standing up for middle class working families against Scott Walker’s radical agenda, and candidate David VanderLeest – whose rap sheet reads like a directory of the Wisconsin state criminal code.