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5,000 Postcards Going Out to Verify Signatures on Wanggaard Petitions

The senator's campaign says it is doing the mailing to help weed out any fraud.

If you signed a recall petition for State Sen. Van Wanggaard, there's a chance you might get a postcard in the mail asking if you really did sign.

According to a story in The Journal Times, a number of residents have stepped forward saying their names on a petition, but they didn't sign.

So to help weed out potential fraud, which the Racine County Sheriff is helping investigate, Wanggaard's campaign is mailing out 5,000 postcards so citizens can say whether or not they really did put pen to paper. The postcard asks residents to contact the Wanggaard campaign if they did not sign.

Friends of Van Wanggaard is footing the bill for the mailing.

Officials under recall have until Thurs., Feb. 9, to submit challenges to the recall petitions.

To force a recall of Wanggaard (R-Racine), Democrats need 15,353 valid signatures. Recall supporters say they turned in about 24,000 and even with some of the mistakes, will have more than enough to force a new election.

Earlier this week, former , whom Wanggaard defeated in 2010, announced he was throwing his hat in the ring for a rematch.

Pete Selkowe February 04, 2012 at 03:19 PM
And who is paying for this foolishness? Better NOT be the taxpayers.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) February 04, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Hey Pete - sorry about that piece of important information! Friends of Van Wanggaard are paying for it - I added that line to the story.
James R Hoffa February 04, 2012 at 04:44 PM
The searchable database on Wanggaard's website shows 22,905 entries, 44 of which don't indicate a name. There have been many concerns regarding rampant errors, duplicates, and fraud with the signatures submitted, despite Mr. Brandt's assertions that all signatures were vetted for legal validity before being submitted to the GAB. Obviously, the Racine County Sheriff must disagree with Brandt's assertion here, as the problems with this petition have been deemed serious and rampant enough to conduct an official investigation. Looks to me like Mr. Brandt was NOT 100% honest with Patch regarding his past assertions. Again, if someone on or working close with the recall committees could explain how they allegedly vetted out duplicate signatures without putting together a searchable database of their own, I'd really love to know this information, as I'm sure other readers would as well. Or were Brandt, Tate, Zielinski, and company LYING when they asserted that they properly vetted the signatures in order to obtain an accurate count of the signatures they submitted?
James R Hoffa February 04, 2012 at 04:51 PM
The article clearly indicates that the campaign is paying for the postcards - not the taxpayers. As for the fraud investigation by the Sheriffs Dept, that is being paid for by the taxpayers, but you can thank Brandt and those who committed the fraud for such expense, not Wanggaard and his supporters. After all, Brandt claimed that all signatures were carefully vetted for legal validity. Apparently, that claim was far from accurate. Thanks Mr. Brandt for again costing the honest and hard working taxpayers of Racine County just to patronize your shenanigans!
Terry Van Parys February 05, 2012 at 01:49 PM
This is great information, especially when it's time to hire. The list will be a great indicator to help weed out persons that don't have our business or customers' best interest in mind.
Tuco February 05, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Geez Pete, I thought you were smarter than that. The foolishness you refer to is the RECALL, not the verification process, right?
morninmist February 06, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Your post is disgusting!! Shame on you! ................ T Van Parys 7:49 am on Sunday, February 5, 2012 This is great information, especially when it's time to hire. The list will be a great indicator to help weed out persons that don't have our business or customers' best interest in mind.
Robin Kruk February 06, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Another stalling tatic by the Repubs. Looks like the "James R. Hoffa" trolls are again trying to monopolize a comment thread with propaganda, LOL! Looking forward to voting against the Walker Puppet, Waangard!
morninmist February 06, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Hey Robin come have some fun at Walker's superbowl party. bluecheddar1 bluecheddar1 Walker's drunk-dialing the National Guard . Someone tell him that's the #superbowl crowd-not protesters #walkersuperbowlparty #wiunion 23 minutes ago txcheesehead txcheesehead Fritz brothers pouting because Ellis, Harsdorf and Vos are whispering over by the salsa dip. #walkersuperbowlparty
morninmist February 06, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Hey Hoffa Dems are not the only one who made mistakes. Van needs to check things over closely. http://rootriversiren.blogspot.com/2012/02/voter-caging-recall-style.html ... Here is the bigger problem. People are getting postcards with the wrong name listed at their address -lot's of people. Further, signers who have checked Van's handy alphabetical database are finding they are missing from the list when their friends and family signed on the same petition - they can see their signature on the petition but not on the list. They are finding wrong addresses attributed to them on the database even though the petition clearly states the right address. They have found data entry misspellings and a host of mistakes on the list. It would just be a human error issue if a lot of these recall signers didn't realize Wan was going to use this information to try and toss legitimate signature off recall petitions. While local news media chases down a single report of alleged fraud by some sad-sack schlub of a guy (if substantiated should be charged) and breathlessly report that someone knows someone else who said a signer might be a felon...they are missing the point......
Terry Van Parys February 06, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Grow up "Morningmist". Successful companies are the one that hire the best employees.
James R Hoffa February 06, 2012 at 04:27 AM
@morninmist - "The Siren," who is EXTREMELY biased and partisan by-the-way, doesn't have a single independently verifiable fact in her entire story, does she? While you may enjoy hypothesizing, speculating, conjecturing, inferring, conspiracy theorizing, etc., the rest of us will live in the consensus reality, OK? If there are errors on Van's searchable database and post cards are going to the wrong people, then why not give us an express and confirmable example? But she doesn't, does she? Why not? Hmm.... I wonder. After all, you can't honestly expect anyone with any degree of intelligence to accept what's asserted on a clearly biased and partisan blog, as being factual, without independently confirmable facts! Common sense 101 morninmist! BTW - You've yet to answer the simple question that I've posed to you several times now, so I'll try one last time. How exactly did the recall committees allegedly vetted out duplicate signatures without putting together a searchable database of their own? I'd really love to know this information, as I'm sure other readers would as well. Or were Brandt, Tate, Zielinski, and company LYING when they asserted that they properly vetted the signatures in order to obtain an accurate count of the signatures they submitted? I'm anxiously awaiting your answer on this question morninmist!
James R Hoffa February 06, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Ah yes, good old Robin - you can always count on her for some old-fashioned partisan name-calling! I still love ya Robin :-)
morninmist February 06, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Van and the other senators have till Thrusday to submit their challenges. and it must come from the Senators--not outside groups. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/gab-doesn-t-want-petition-verification-from-others/article_55bc44e6-50f3-11e1-8fb2-0019bb2963f4.html?mode=story
James R Hoffa February 06, 2012 at 07:52 PM
@morninmist - That's great. I'm sure you're very proud. But could you please answer the question that I've now been posing to you for quite some time on the Patch boards? Or will you continue to ignore it? If so, I find that very telling indeed, don't you?
Racine Progressive February 06, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Oh boy, more wasted effort and money by Wanggaard's gang. Then again I'm sure Walker will share some of his money that he's been raising from his rich buddies as he criss-crosses the country. Instead of being here in Wisconsin doing his job, Walker is busy selling out to any bidder.
jt February 07, 2012 at 12:58 AM
i really think it's interesting that so many have so much money for campaign contributions but yet they hate taxes! i think we should change the wisconsin tax code to eliminate campaign contributions from being deductable. it seems that some charities may also be laundering money for contributions. just a thought.

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