Walker Backers Mount Effort To Write In Governor's Name in Democratic Recall Primary

A growing group of Walker supporters hope to spoil Democrats' recall party by writing in the Republican's name in a potential primary.

In the “Wild West” political territory that is the Wisconsin recall elections, it seems anything goes.

Therefore, it should probably come as no surprise that some supporters of Gov. Scott Walker have come up with a new plan to thwart efforts to .

Utilizing word-of-mouth and social media, these Walker supporters are encouraging voters across the state to write in the governor as a candidate in the Democratic primary — if the recall election moves forward.

It started as a conversation on Facebook, but less than a week ago the page Operation: Write in Scott Walker in Democrat Primary popped up on the social media goliath, giving the movement an established spot on the web.

In just more than a week, 772 people have given the page a “like,” and are spreading it around their social circles.

If this effort were successful, it's unclear what the effect would be on the general recall election. The Government Accountability Board isn't providing a clear answer either.

“The law requires a space for write-in on the ballot,” said Reid Magney, GAB spokesman. “Beyond that, it would be premature for us to comment on something that involves so much speculation.”

Wisconsin's system of open primaries means voters do not have to share a political party's affiliation to vote in its primary. So, there's nothing to stop Republicans from voting in a Democratic recall primary — and from writing in Walker's name.

“I go from one side of the state to the next during my work day, and I’ve heard people talking about it from Racine to Eau Claire,” said John Willock, who is a volunteer with Friends of Scott Walker and a fan of the write-in page. “It’s not really an organized effort, but there’s a lot of people talking about it.”

The power of social media has proven to be an effective tool for grassroots campaigns on both sides of the recall fence. On Jan. 21, well over in Wauwatosa for a three-hour rally. Organizer Noelle Lorraine, who is also a Patch blogger, pulled folks together for the rally primarily through social media.

Although not connected to the write-in campaign, Lorraine said momentum for it would likely build just as it did for the rally.

“It’s another grassroots effort, like the rally at Hart Park. Because of the rally, (the write-in campaign) is gaining momentum and spreading like wildfire,” Lorraine said. “The write-in campaign is being passed on by every Tea Party member and GOP member on Facebook.”

On the other hand, the group behind the recall, United Wisconsin, has nearly 44,000 fans of its Facebook page.

Democrats not worried about effort

Democrats, who have been navigating the state’s political Wild West for the past year, don’t seem to be concerned about the write-in campaign. Perhaps Dirty Harry’s iconic catch phrase, “Go ahead, make my day,” is the best phrase to capture the mood.

When asked about his initial impression of the write-in campaign, Wisconsin Democratic Party Spokesman Graeme Zielinksi said it was, “Surprise, then laughter.”

Zielinski said the effort has no chance of succeeding.

“Republicans seem frightened by democracy and the will of the people and, given what Scott Walker has done to ruin Wisconsin, they should be,” Zielinski said.

This isn’t the first time Republicans attempted to influence a Democratic primary. During the 8th Senate District recall election, Republican activist . She was one of several "fake Democrats" who ran in the Democratic primaries across the state. None was successful.

William Eib February 08, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Craig the Crank: Just found this thought it would save you sometime. Beck being beck sounds exactly like you.The radio host called Martin "a dope," an "idiot," and a "bad guy," among other things. "He's harmless because you see him coming a mile away," Beck said. "You're like, 'really, Roland, you think that you're fooling anybody? You're a clown.'"
Tulsa February 08, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Gee Willie take a break all this because of Craig, looks like he got your goat. We have read Craig's posting and the guy never sleeps he's bloging day and nite I don't think he works . Willie you don't sound like you have much patience to deal with students as a teacher.
Tonto February 08, 2012 at 03:30 AM
W E, I think companies were forced out by democrats. The choice is stay here and be blackmailed to failure or leave and try to survive. You see the democrats always have a way of wrecking everything and then popping up with great ideas to fix their foolish work. I'm afraid the USA has been with the liberal cancer in its core too long. All we can do is Hope for Change :)
William Eib February 08, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Tonto: companies leave for profit, period! A perfectly good company Maytag, employing an entire town. They were doing just fine, the democrats did not make them sellout to Whirlpool, they wanted the money. Whirlpool fired everyone, closed the plant, which was a profitable business and employed people for years, and intend to move manufacturing overseas. So Whirlpool was forced overseas by Democrats. Companies left the USA in droves under Bush, how do explain that, he lowered their taxes in hopes they would create jobs, and they up and left.
William Eib February 08, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Tonto: And Bush stood in a window of the oval office and waved good-bye as the companies set sail to Profit-stan.
William Eib February 08, 2012 at 04:44 AM
MILWAUKEE — A staffer who worked for Gov. Scott Walker when Walker was the Milwaukee County executive is expected to plead guilty to charges of posting pro-Walker messages online on work time. Darlene Wink of Cudahy is charged with two misdemeanor counts of political solicitation by a public employee. She's due to enter a plea Tuesday afternoon.The charges carry a maximum combined penalty of one year in prison and a $2,000 fine.Defense attorney Peter Wolff said his 61-year-old client has reached a tentative plea agreement with prosecutors. He said under the agreement she would plead guilty to both charges, and prosecutors would recommend only a fine. Wolff said negotiations might continue Tuesday morning.
Tonto February 08, 2012 at 06:09 AM
W E.....And Clinton got head while chasing companies off and waving good bye from the oral oriface
Tonto February 08, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Wow, thats worse then tax cheat Charlie Rangel and the Weiner dog who didn't even get spanked :)
morninmist February 08, 2012 at 11:31 AM
She must have done some good squealing to get the charges dropped from felonies. And--and Walker has been invited by the Milw DA to come in and have a chat. He and his 2 criminal lawyers will voluntarily comply. More popcorn. DontWalkeronME Exposing the GOP Wink Turned Fink - No longer Denying Walker Knew politiscoop.com/us-politics/wi… #wirecall
Say What? February 09, 2012 at 12:02 AM
My parents a sadly very Republican. I was talking to my dad a while back and said that Clinton was probably one of our best presidents ever and that the only reason that he wasn't more successful is a couple of philanderers, closet homosexuals, and religious zealots got made that he was getting head. My dad had oddly very little to say. He didn't try to dispute any part of what I said. I hope you can get over the blow you know whats.
Say What? February 09, 2012 at 12:02 AM
sorry, mad not made.
Don Niederfrank February 09, 2012 at 12:53 AM
William, agree--they leave for profit. And we make them profitable by making purchases based only on price. Why is a corporation any more unethical when acting on the same values, i.e. the most for the least, that we do? Why is an investment company any less moral when it is encouraged by all of us to get the highest return for our retirement fund? It's not just politics. It's (gulp) capitalism, i.e. getting the most profit/return from the ownership of capital--either the business itself or stock. O encourages companies to bring jobs back here, but we need to support those companies or those jobs will just disappear. (Hey, I think that rhymes.) Well, I said all this in a recent blog...
Keith Best February 09, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Are you kidding? I'm voting for that Loon Kathleen Falk. That loser couldn't win a statewide race when all the Dems won. She's bought and paid for by the unions. Can you say..."Special Interest Extremist?"
morninmist February 10, 2012 at 08:15 PM
all_a_twitt_r ôl ə twit′ər Photo: DSC_0024 dlvr.it/1BNm5c #ProtestingWalker #WIunion #p2 17 minutes ago Get rid of the soulless Gov Walker!! NICKinNOVA NICKinNOVA #dumbass: MT @thinkprogress: Walker to use foreclosure settlement $ 2 balance his budget, not help homeowners thkpr.gs/w0qkDp #wirecall
Hornswaggle March 06, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I plan on voting for Dale Schultz in the Republican primary, so wouldn't that be a hoot if the Walker write-in as a democrat failed and Schultz won the Republican primary and governor Walker was left on the sidelines for the real election! Oh ya!
Mark Schoening April 20, 2012 at 01:47 PM
May I remind you that in the "dirty tricks department", Micky Mouse, Hitler, and Donald Duck, on the recall ballots, are not legit citizens of Wi. Where are the honorable democrats? Dems motto: Do as we tell you, not as we do. Little children who cannot have their way throw temper tantrums, and believe the ends justify the dishonest means!
Randy1949 April 20, 2012 at 03:28 PM
@Mark Schoening -- Would you care to show me anywhere on the petitions that these three gentlemen appeared without being crossed off by the circulator? It was not in the interest of the recall petitioners to submit obviously spurious names. It WAS, however, in the interest of those who opposed the recall to sign as Mickey and Adolf to make the other side look bad.
madmilker April 20, 2012 at 04:26 PM
It amazes this O'fart in how all these comments are hinging around jack@'s, elephant's, sin, the word union, debt and politicians. Is it the way you people have been raised? Not one word about character. Well, maybe it's because character left government in the year 1796. 1791 the American government was $75 million in debt. It's over $15 trillion in debt today and the reason......no character. There hasn't been but one 10 year period in the past hundred years that the government debt has gone down 1920-1930. But reading all these comments not one stating the $3.6 billion budget shortfall that the people of Wisconsin is looking at/ nope! it's all about a jack@, sin, an elephant, the word union, debt and politicians. It's like each one of you have an agenda and from where this O'fart is sitting the words "ignorant of the facts" put it there. Wisconsin, like the federal government is living beyond its means. One hasn't to aline themselves with a political party to see that much less a jack@ or elephant. Everyone knows when it comes to the word work a mule has to turn his @ to it and an elephant can never think of anything new from having to remember everything from the past. Now, you people can comment this way until the cows come home but it ain't gonna change a thing until you realize you live in the greatest Union on Earth, character first and every American is responsible. http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/histdebt/histdebt.htm
Randy1949 April 20, 2012 at 04:46 PM
@madmilker -- I'm not how 'character' relates to balancing a budget, but since you opened the door . . . Gov. Walker exhibited his character years ago, when election shenanigans cause the Marquette student newspaper to term him 'unfit' to hold office. He exhibited the same character during the prank call from a 'Koch brother'. He exhibits his character by whom he expects to make sacrifices to deal with a budget shortfall.
madmilker April 20, 2012 at 04:55 PM
["Companies left the USA in droves under Bush, how do explain that, he lowered their taxes in hopes they would create jobs, and they up and left."] Your wrong on the reason. The clout of Retail made corporate America leave. And the funny thing....the American taxpayers acting as consumers did it. http://msbusiness.com/2002/07/buddy8217s-jeans-are-bucking-trends/ Retail makes NOTHING.....it only moves a countries currency. Countries survive by making stuff and the fuel to make that stuff is the currency of the country. The American consumers have been sending the fuel (dollar) to foreign lands for so-call cheaper items which puts America in the business of making more and more Retail and the Government in making more and more debt having to sell Bonds in order to try and get some of that fuel(dollars) back into the hands of Americans. Made In America is the only way out of this mess cause foreign made put US here. Corporate America will bring every job back when the American taxpayer (consumer) goes back to supporting the fuel (dollar) in fueling Made In America again. Until..... you people keep bi^ching for all the wrong reasons. As an America....have you seen a Mao "yuan" lately? Sad, you will wake up one day.
Craig April 20, 2012 at 05:07 PM
OlFart: Actually we have been in deeper debt in the past when you factor in inflation and GDP. After WWII, the United States had a debt to GDP ratio of 120%- the US debt is just over 100% today. Not good, but not the end yet. The difference is today our economy is sucking wind but was booming after WWII. I wish I could see the planet through your rose colored glasses, as I do not think things are as good here as we would like to believe. We no longer have the highest skyscrapers, best built bridges, highways, and infrastructure, or best health care available. (yes I said that and I am Conservative) Randy1949: I am sure when you were young, immature, and dumb- you made some mistakes along the way....I doubt that anyone holds that against you today. After a couple decades has passed, we tend to judge people on their character exibited in the present.
Randy1949 April 20, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Character: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/20/scott-walker-state-worker-bonuses_n_1441000.html?ref=politics#comments @Craig -- Yes, I did some foolish things when I was twenty. But the Koch prank call was one year ago, and the above example of expecting most people to sacrifice while rewarding a select few (several of whom are quite useful to Gov. Walker) is from this year.
jt April 21, 2012 at 01:02 AM
man, i swear, all you conservatives out there are walking around with your noses in the air, thinking that your always right! your own arrogance and denial of the truth will defeat you! it's like the childrens book, the emporer's new clothes, where a taylor, (in this case the koch bros) have told the emporer(walker) and all the towns people(the conservatives) that they have made the emporer a new suit, but they really haven't, and the emporer(walker) decides to wear his new suit (actually naked)out in public! and all of you conservatives are so in denial that the emporer walker could be so stupid as to go naked in public, that you all cheer and applaud his new suit! all the while , us common working people can see what's blaitantly in front of us! this fool is naked and most of wisconsin and the country can see that but you conservatives just keep beleiving that he is wise! open your eyes! you governor is a fool and he's making you all look like absent minded followers!
lyn wyn April 22, 2012 at 02:32 AM
well time will tell and the time is coming soon BTW I hope you're enjoying all that hope and change especially after filling up at the pump or grocery shopping. if GB hadn't gotten the price of a gal of gas down when he did I think the 'you owe me' crowd would have been flinging balls of fire at the white house and not just burning the guy in effigy.
lyn wyn April 22, 2012 at 02:38 AM
and didn't FDR say there's no place for unions in the public sector? close to this anyway.
William Eib April 22, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Mr. B.: Your position as to having fun, sums up a good deal of my problem with the Right, the inability to take the USA's problems seriously. I shows in the flimsy juvenile tit for tat comments on the thread, the negative and pessimistic attitude re: Our Great Land, the inability of the GOP/Teahadist party to Govern. They have spent 3 years trying to get rid of the SCOTUS, and no time governing. They have put ideology before Country. I would think if the GOP passed a jobs bill, maybe some bills that actually stimulate the economy, rather than more tax cut so for the rich, we may be in much better shape economically. Everything can not be Obama's fault, it's a 2 party system, and the GOP/Teahadist vote strictly by-partisan. Ideology before country. UN-patriotic. And another indicator of the lack of seriousness on your side of the aisle. So go ahead, have some fun at your neighbors expense, it you think it will solve some of the problems. It's still Juvenile behavior on the part of grownups who should know better than to look at the problems as a game of Gotcha!!
William Eib April 22, 2012 at 07:52 PM
How can you declare victory when you don't know how to begin to win. You guys suck air. Lame politics. Ideologically driven drivel. All, yadda, yadda, Tit for tat juvenile behavior. It appears to be all a game to you. Well have fun, but stay out of the way of the grownups trying to get things done.
William Eib April 22, 2012 at 07:57 PM
By the comment on this tread by the voices of the Right. It is some kind of school recess game to them. Name calling, laughing at the competition, fear in their voice they may have to eat crow. It's the most juvenile discussion about a serious issue. But, I have come to expect that when dealing with the Right and their narrow mindedness and negativity. Ask a question get a rude childish riposte.
William Eib April 22, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Very logical thinking, congrats on a wise summation of the situation.
mary May 03, 2012 at 02:17 PM
why do you all say that Repubs are scared of democracy?? It got Walker elected...if it shoo's him out then so be it. Democracy is a wonderful thing. It is dissapointing when the masses are so uninformed but no one is trying to think for you! Perhaps educate you:) And I believe that when Walker was first elected all you libs in Madison were pretty upset...and perhaps at the time it could be said that you all were against democracy. Try and be fair to one another. Just because one side lost doesn't justify your character attacks. May the people speak..and if you are disappointing...then campaign harder. That's what this is about people! Nothing is accomplished with these blog posts or squatting in a tent of Washington. Just sayin.


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