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Who is 'Fake Democrat' in Recall Race?

Republican activist from Mequon running in 8th Senate District to force a Democratic primary.

Gladys Huber, an 80-year-old Mequon woman who has filed papers to run as a Democrat in the 8th Senate District recall election made an odd comment when reached by a reporter.

"I really have no comment at all," she said. "I will refer you to the Republican Party of Wisconsin."

State party officials did not return calls about Huber's candidacy but they have been upfront about its intention to run Republicans as Democrats in an effort to give incumbent senators like the 8th District's Alberta Darling more time to raise money and campaign.

The state's Government Accountability Board said Friday that Huber has officially registered to run as a Democrat against state Rep. Sandy Pasch of Whitefish Bay. If both candidates meet the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline to file nominating petitions, a primary election would be held July 12 and the winner of that race would take on Darling on Aug. 9.

Democratic candidate an active Republican

While Huber won't talk about why she's running as a Democrat, there is no doubt that she has longtime roots as an active member of the Republican party in Ozaukee County.

Huber, born in April 1931, is one of 10 people elected to serve as a leader in the Ozaukee County Republican Party. For a number of years, she has served as a member-at-large.

Huber has a yard sign supporting Darling in front of her home. She also donated $100 to Darling on March 28, according to the GAB. Between 2002 and 2010 Huber gave almost $2,000 to Republican candidates or the state party, records show.

Huber is a longtime poll worker in Ozaukee County, most recently serving as the Republican observer in the Supreme Court recount. In 1996, she was the membership chairwoman for the county GOP. She was the quoted by the Journal Sentinel as saying: "I am a firm believer in the grassroots. The grassroots is where the grunt work gets done."

In 1994, Huber filed a complaint against Eric Grant, who was a Republican candidate for the 60th District Assembly seat. Grant, she said, had not formed a committee before raising and spending money on his campaign. He paid a $150 fine.

She also served on the county's Department on Aging and on the Lasata Care Center board, the county-owned senior apartment complex.

Recall election could be delayed 

While plans now call for a primary election on July 9 and a general election in August, those dates could be delayed. Darling has joined five other Republican senators facing recall in challenging the GAB's decision to certify the recall petitions. The lawsuit has been assigned to Dane County Circuit Judge Patrick Feidler. No date has been set for a hearing.

A week before Darling filed the lawsuit, she told WTMJ-TV that she would not challenge the GAB decision, saying she wanted "to move forward."

Neither Darling, her campaign staff or the Republican Party of Wisconsin returned calls from Patch.

The Journal Sentinel quoted her saying that she decided to stick with the other Republicans being recalled.

"I could have had a chance of sticking out there by myself or staying with the group," she told the newspaper.

Her lawyer, Eric McLeod, charged that the recall group did not follow procedures, an argument the six retired judges who make up the GAB rejected.

"It's merely to insure that the rules governing recall elections are followed," McLeod said.

Pasch likened the maneuver to run a fake Democrat to the "dirty tricks" of the Nixon administration.

"Given how much taxpayer money will be wasted on this cynical ploy, Senator Darling's hypocrisy is stunning," Pasch said. "I guess her priority is saving her political skin, not listening to her constituents who are frustrated by politicians who cut priorities like education and health care while giving away huge tax breaks to corporations."

The recall election will cost Milwaukee County between $50,000 and $75,000, said Lisa Weiner, head of the elections commission. A primary election would cost the same amount, she said. Ozaukee, Waukesha and Washington counties would have similar expenses.

The money, Weiner said, would come from the county's contingency fund, but the municipalities will front the costs and be reimbursed within a couple of months.

Judy Beehler June 11, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Another example of how the Republicans will stoop to any tactic to delay payback for what they are doing to the people of this state. I only hope this opens more people's eyes about how desperately we need to break the Republican stronghold and get back to bipartisan solutions -- not this sick dictatorship where a radical few take power and push their agenda into law. Alberta Darling may have once been a moderate, but she has sold out to the far right and is now their puppet. She listens to no one else.
Elizabeth Hennigan June 11, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Does the Democratic Party have any say at all as to who officially runs for office with them? Can a political party "oust" a registered candidate for misrepresentation? Do voting members of the Democratic Party have any say in this? Can anyone register as a candidate in any party regardless of behavior, point of view or platform? This issue reminds me of the "bait and switch" tactics used in false advertising. I don't understand why it's tolerated...or is it?
LFO June 12, 2011 at 11:26 AM
If you high and mighty Dems will exam the last election cycle you will see you did the same thing so get off your high horse.
RAK June 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Amen, the whole recall thing is a Democratic sham by the whining leftists upset that their agenda is being derailed by Republican programs which are turning out to be good for Wisconsin. Wisconsin business leaders are finally looking more confident about what is happening in Wisconsin government. This means more jobs, better opportunities for the taxpaying private sector employees less for the ungrateful bloated public sector union leadership. I don't believe we want to go backwards to a Doyle type of government with more taxes and fees, robbing of segregated funds and anti business legislation.
Michael Schwister June 12, 2011 at 04:37 PM
RAK, Executive pay up, grunt pay down. WMC happy to mine. Oh what a surprise. We will just have to clean up when they leave. Perhaps those of you that would privatize everything could ask Germany to run our Government and provide for its citizens. With 130 years of history taking care of their elderly they clearly have the experience and integrity for government by the people and for the people. But I have to say that the Doyle administration was a flop.
Dennis Allen June 12, 2011 at 08:48 PM
Wait until the Koch Bros. decide you're not paying enough for your electricy and double your rate. Who you gonna call ? LOL The recalls have nothing to do with the unions. You're drinking too much Kool-Aid. The people of Wisconsin woke up to the fact that the people they elected weren't representing them, but instead big business. That's why the recalls. You TP/GOPers always chant the same old mantra and expect people to believe it. You believe in the saying that if you repeat a lie often enough someone will believe it. I think the people of Wisconsin have their eyes open now. We'll see come July. Remember the saying ,"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me ".
Charly Jones June 13, 2011 at 12:55 AM
Senator Stepford was quoted in the Journal saying as she supported this stunt. I wonder how much it will cost?
CowDung June 13, 2011 at 03:10 PM
The stategery seems to be spreading--the Democrats are running 'fake Democrats' to force primaries as well... http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/123688454.html
ike June 13, 2011 at 07:38 PM
Joe Peterlin - On the contrary... many Dems don't like the idea of a fake candidate on either side. I think this stinks less than running a fake opposing candidate, but it still stinks. This is obviously a defensive move in trying to maintain some control over these elections after the republicans entered their fake candidates, but it only adds to the confusion for people. With that said, NOTHING is official in regards to who is running. Not even Pasch and Darling are officially on the ballot yet. I think this is a good issue to discuss, but only after the candidates are certified.
Jim June 14, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Darling's and Walker's budget will give Wisconsin the first surplus in over a decade...without raising taxes. Than you Governor and Senator for turning this state around after the horrible Doyle years. http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/123763069.html
Keith Schmitz June 15, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Budget is fiscally sound, shoddy on economics, morally bankrupt and steals from the future. There were are a lot of creative ways to do this other than straight ideology, but you can never use Scott Walker and creative in the same sentence. Maybe God told him to screw those who are least able to defend themselves.
RAK June 15, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Funny, those least able to defend themselves have been quite successful over the past 40 years, they did a great job of screwing the average taxpayer. Now that we have the facts on their pay and benefits they can no longer pull the wool over our eyes!
Keith Schmitz June 16, 2011 at 12:04 PM
I'm talking about the elderly, kids in poverty and the long term disabled. But I guess you don't care about those people compared to the couple of bucks you'll get back in tax relief -- if any. So screw 'em right? Where the hell do you get this idea that government employees are rolling in dough? In your mind?
RAK June 16, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Keith, Tell you what, there are a lot of private sector taxpayers who would willingly trade places retirement for the retirement benefits of public sector workers who seem to be great at whining about their sacrifices to now finally pay something towards their retirement benefits and health care. didn't say they were rolling in dough but they sure have better benefits than most private sector workers who by the way have paid dearly for their benefits all along. due time for public sector workers to share the sacrifice of today's economy!
Michael Schwister June 16, 2011 at 05:52 PM
RAK, I retired from private business and I am lost as how you think that the public sector doesn't pay towards their benefits. Those benefits represent wage concessions. Period. In the trade unions we negotiate a gross wage. The membership decides where the wages are assigned. The check, pension, health, trade promotion and training. Now we could get insurance cheaper but by belonging to a union our moral conscious demanded insurance from a company that paid a living wage. The structure of most union construction companies was the field was union the office was not. The office was only too happy to get a 401k and live with insurance benefits sub par to the field as long as they got it on the check. Now the office makes 30% more than the field, and its the fields benefits that are too expensive. So much for saving.
Keith Schmitz June 16, 2011 at 05:53 PM
But they don't have better salaries, and so as it works in the real world, they negotiated these benefits. Not that any one would accuse Walker having character, but these benefits were negotiated in good faith. I don't know about you, it's not a good idea to depend on a cop or firefighter over 55 trying to protect you. Instead of your whining, crying and childish resentment over what public employees are getting, why don't you man up and advocate unions in the private sector? Why don't we all have what you think unions have? If you are smart enough to notice, with the decline of unions so has gone the middle class, making that small group of white men obscenely richer. But since it is a group of white men, you seem to have no problem with that. Those are the people vacuuming your pockets. Of course Walker testified under oath before Congress that ending collective bargaining had nothing to do with reducing our costs. So if you think it does, then maybe Walker should be brought up for charges.
Elizabeth Hennigan July 06, 2011 at 05:54 AM
Hi LFO! Just wondering when you mention "you high and mighty Dems", to which commentors were you referring? Or were you just referring to all "Dems"? Also, if indeed "Dems" did the same thing in the last election cycle and such action has lowered your opinion of them... why would you feign defending any other group for the same action?
Jim Ness July 12, 2011 at 06:33 PM
Before you get to comfortable on that high horse you might want to remember that Democrats ran fake Tea Party candidates in the Nevada Reid / Angle race.
CowDung July 12, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Maybe you should check your facts about what it was that Walker testified under oath about. Walker testified that two specific provisions of his bill did not reduce our costs: 1) requiring unions to recertify annually and 2) prohibiting the deduction of dues from their paychecks. Limiting collective bargaining does indeed lower costs...
Keith Schmitz July 12, 2011 at 08:01 PM
So what you are saying is that a) we drag everyone down to the same level, b) you don't care that there is that tiny minority that is really rolling in dough and that c) you are doing what you are told.
Bewildered July 12, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Early exit polls show strong support for Huber in part due to low Shorewood turnout.
CowDung July 12, 2011 at 09:34 PM
Kloppenberg has already declared Pasch to be the winner by 204 votes...
Keith Schmitz July 12, 2011 at 09:43 PM
There is no exit polling data that would be released at this time.
Jay Sykes July 12, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Now that is funny..
Nate July 12, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Ohhh no you did-nnnt!
Bewildered July 12, 2011 at 10:12 PM
RECOUNT ! LAWSUIT !
Bewildered July 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Are you sure? The woman who polled me was wearing a Palin button.
CowDung July 13, 2011 at 12:35 AM
It doesn't matter what kind of button the woman was wearing--exit poll data isn't released to the public until polls have closed...
Bewildered July 13, 2011 at 03:03 AM
Oh Dung, punked twice in one nite. How could you believe ladies with Palin buttons? Did we forget our sense of humor when we got up this morning? Have fun with this craziness, bud!
Satori April 05, 2012 at 07:01 PM
or as one of our brightest, most cerebral modern day presidents once said "fool me once, shame on —ummm----- shame on you. Fool me ------ ummm, you can't get fooled again"

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