Union fails in Wisconsin

Not only did the union backed candidate fail to win the Dem primary, the union members themselves failed to vote. Story below says it all.
The numbers don’t lie, do they? That all depends, I guess, on which numbers you mean.

After a year of protesting and fighting to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, an interesting number peered its way into the public yesterday—the primary vote tally. The total number of votes cast in the Democratic Party primary for Governor was only 650,725.

Why is this number so interesting?

Well, because we have all heard for months now how many furious Wisconsinites there are in the dairy state. And, of course, how they accounted for over one million signatures to recall Governor Walker. Over one million! That’s right, over one million Wisconsinites supposedly signed the petitions, but only 650,725 showed up to vote. That’s about 40% fewer voters than signers. How likely is that?

There has been much speculation over that past couple months that a large number of the signatures submitted were fraudulent, and this may very well be the best indicator of truth to the speculation--as well as an indication of just how many signatures were not legitimate. Since Governor Walker was denied adequate time from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board to review and challenge the signatures, over 600,000 of them were never evaluated.

And since only 3.1 percent, a total of 19,591 people, voted for Scott Walker’s primary challenger, “fake republican” Arthur Kohl-Riggs, the lack of voter turnout in the Democrat primary could certainly not be accounted for in the Republican primary—unless a whole lot of republicans signed petitions too. Which leaves us wondering still, how many of those signatures turned in by unions and radicals alike were, in fact, legitimate?

If you signed a petition to recall your governor, what is the likelihood that you wouldn’t show up to vote on Election Day

No votes yet

So then, more people showed up to vote for a Democrat than a Republican? Huh. Thanks for the info.

Pink Slip

Yes more Dems came out to vote. They split their vote among a number of candidates, with the union backed candidate losing handily. The other interesting number is that about 400,000 fewer people bothered to vote than signed the petition to demand the vote. You would think that if they were that interested in removing Walker they would have shown up to vote and send that message. But they didn't.

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"with the union backed candidate losing handily"

Maybe it wasn't all about the unions. Ever think of that?

" You would think that if they were that interested in removing Walker they would have shown up to vote and send that message. But they didn't."

It was a primary. They can't remove Walker in the primary. Don't worry, they'll show up in the general. Sounds like they don't care who the challenger is. "Anyone but Walker" --that's hardly a unique stance.

Pink Slip

"maybe it wasn't about the unions. Ever think of that?" If the unions didn't care who won the primary how do you explain this list of supporters for Kathleen Falk, who lost?
•AFSCME Wisconsin
•AFT Wisconsin
•AFT Local 212 (Milwaukee)
•IBEW Locals 158 (Green Bay) and 159 (Madison)
•SEIU Wisconsin State Council
•SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin
•WEAC (Wisconsin NEA Affiliate)
•UFCW Local 1473 (Milwaukee)
•BCTC of South Central Wisconsin
•Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

Facts are such pesky little things aren't they pink.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

The voters indicated by their voting that it wasn't all about the unions. So maybe your talking point is flawed.

Pink Slip

paper.
He proclaimed that Greece's , economic problems were minor...easily fixed.
Just send them BILLIONS of German and American cash, with few strings attached !
Today, Greece, will find out exactly how socialism and the welfare state fails every time all the time !
Loans from Germany & America, are to cease propping up governments employing 40%+, of its citizens doing very little real work !
France, Spain, and Italy, will soon follow Greece down the road to either pure Fascism , an economic collapse, civil war,or...all three !!!

Money for nothing always creates hazards given to those who have no inclination of changing spendthrift socialist habits.
All to subjugate its citizens.

tell a reporter the address on his driver's license, as Lugar ,couldn't ....it's time to retire to the Old Politicians Home For the Compromisers of $16TRILLION debt !!!!

I wonder if it was $1 beer and taco night at Wisconsin's strip clubs--that might explain why the union members didn't show-up to vote.

Well that single handidly broke the left's meme that the low turnout in the GOP primary showed that the GOP wasn't enthused about the upcoming election.

What the Dem primary showed was that Barrett, despite the win, did not energize turnout in his hometown of Milwaukee, where turnout did not even come close to Dane County where the Union turnout was heavy for Falk.

So as much as the election gave insight into the GOP, I think the biggest highlighted problem is the Democrat nominee, despite the win, was unable to mobilize his core supporters in the heated contest.

MikeyA

how dare you speak the truth and destroy the Democrats' and unions' mantra in Wisconsin? Good job! Maybe the unions ought to give their supporters free beer and tacos to get them to vote in the next election.

toledojim

How'd all Tea Party canidates do in the Republican presidential primary? Worse than the union canidate in Wisconsin...

Which candidates were Tea Party candidates? I know Walker had one challenger but I'm not aware if he was a Tea Party candidate.

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It's the same dynamic we saw in Columbus the other day. Or should I say the lack of dynamics? The "buzz factor" is gone. Why should the democrats show up, they're still waiting for their free gas cards. Maybe the unemployed college students, who are now unemployed college graduates will become re-energized? The Tea Party, however, WILL get the Republican voters to show up, and in strength. Game over, libs!

Like they did in the primaries? The Republicans just nominated a non-Christain who happens to be the architect of Obamacare and used to attend Plan Parenthood rallies. Nice job Tea Party...

Primaries? Those results don't count in November. There is a general election then, and those votes will be counted, not votes in primary elections. But you probably already know that.

From what I've heard the Republicans will nominate Mitt Romney, I have yet to hear anything about a Tea Party convention, but if you have info let me know. I know the Libertarians will run someone, who is more likely to be closer to Tea Party beliefs. But correct me if I'm wrong Sensor

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

The unions didn't have a convention either. If I corrected you every time you wrong, I'd have to quit my job because of the time commitment.

I misunderstood Sensor. When you said the Tea Party had done a good job because the GOP nominated a non Christian I thought you were trying to pin some of the credit on them. I now understand you were trying to be witty or sarcastic.

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3 Weeks out and Walker is leading the polls. http://weaskamerica.com/2012/05/14/recall-fever/

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/electi...

And Walker has a war chest http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20120502/ARCHIVES/205021039/-1/sear...

For the Democrats the finger pointing has already begun. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/exclusive-wisconsin-d...

What we do know is that if Walker wins it will have been at great cost to both the State of Wisconsin and to the Democratic Party of money that didn't need to be spent. If Walker wins with over 52% of the vote it will be a major embarassment and show that the Democratic Party in Wisconsin will be demoralized and has alienated itself from the voters meaning the GOP organization could be very ripe for flipping this solidly blue state to red in November.

MikeyA

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