Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tomah, WI Newspaper Calls Walker Out On Vote Fraud Claim

Used to be that Tomah, WI, set in Monroe County cranberry country, was on the state's political map as home base for the late Ed Thompson, (Tommy's brother), who served as Mayor, generous supper club owner and surprisingly-strong Libertarian candidate for Governor in 2002.

More and more these days, perhaps in Ed Thompson's independent tradition, Tomah is where you find the state's most-outspoken small-town paper, The Tomah Journal - - and what a coincidence, as I began noting the Tomah Journal on this blog four years ago to the day - -  where the editorial board on Monday spoke strongly to Scott Walker power about a fake issue he recklessly raised- - alleged voter fraud in Wisconsin:

Gov. Scott Walker has made a spectacular assertion in advance of next week’s gubernatorial recall election.

“I’ve always thought in this state, close elections, presidential elections, it means you probably have to win with at least 53 percent of the vote to account for fraud. One or two points, potentially ... I mean there’s no question why they went to court and fought (to undo) voter ID.”

This is a monumental claim. Consider this: There were 2.2 million votes cast in the 2010 election for governor, and it’s reasonable to assume that turnout on June 5 will be close to 2.2 million again. Each percentage point represents 22,000 votes. Since Walker believes he needs 53 percent, he is alleging 66,000 fraudulent votes will be cast next week.

Alright, governor, where’s your proof?...

To toss this kind of rhetorical bomb on the eve of an election is reckless and ugly, even by today’s degraded standard of political rhetoric. Gov. Walker, either identify the specific source of fraudulent votes or recant and apologize. It’s the only honorable thing to do.
Where are the rest of the state's editorial boards on Walker's demagogic and unproven claim?

Who else will say that in the name of bogus voter fraud, Walker and legislators who pushed Voter ID were  using this political urban legend spun by right-wing talk shows and other propagandists to institutionalize election fraud statewide?


enoughalready said...

Walker proves yet again that he will say anything. Disgusting, especially when you consider the ongoing situation in Waukesha.

Anonymous said...

It means he has rigged the election. That is all

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

It's kind of cute that they ask Walker to be honorable.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it was that kind of paranoid thinking that lead to Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus "finding" 14,315 votes in Brookfield after the Prosser / Kloppenburg Supreme Court Race. Kathy Nickolaus' long time connection to Scott Walker, along with Walker's lack of integrety always gave that election a bad fishy smell if you ask me. Could they have come up with that "stash" of votes justified by the paranoid idea that they thought Democrats were cheating so they should cheat too? WE NEED A RETURN TO GOOD, HONEST GOVERNMENT!!

Betsy 44 said...

The only person we have to watch out for is Kathy Nickolaus, in Waukesha. She seems to be able to come up with whatever amount of votes they need to win. Walker? Honerable? He doesn't know the meaning of the word. He is putting this out there, in case he loses.Then he will blame it on voter fraud.

Anonymous said...

It's the Republican Poker Tell.

If a republican complains about unethical or illegal activity, it's time to bet they are actually involved in the same activity.


Anonymous said...

No, Nicklaus is not the only one who needs watching. She just finally got caught in the media spotlight with what she pulled to help her old pal Prosser, but some of us have been scratching our heads for years (and screaming to no notice) about her funny numbers in Waukesha County.

However, it also gets attention because it is more populous than other counties whose numbers look funny to some of us chatting about it for some time now. Watch Washington and Ozaukee Counties, too.

Together, they are a red arc of evil to counter Milwaukee County by any means that they can do so. And I fear that they will do so again next week, as we cannot get pollwatchers everywhere. So it's good to get them to the most populous place, but if ever we really are going to win back the Wisconsin that we knew, there is much more digging to do to expose the extent of corruption here, I fear.