Governor Walker’s Sham Candidates Defeated in Victory for Wisconsin Workers

Chicanery fail. The latest attempts to subvert the electoral process in Wisconsin were defeated yesterday, as the six fake candidates running for office finished behind the genuine Democrats on the ballot. These fraudulent candidates were drummed up by the same crowd that rammed home Gov. Scott Walker’s extreme anti-worker bill last winter. None found success at the ballot box, despite a barrage of Election Day robo-calls from right wing groups aimed at confusing voters.

Now, the battle to protect Wisconsin’s middle class moves to the next stage: the general elections scheduled for August 9. In the last six months, the people of Wisconsin have made it abundantly clear that they do not approve of their state government being held hostage by corporate interests. Their efforts have been determined and creative, inspiring working class Americans from around the country to stand with Wisconsin.

As we’ve pointed out before, the actions of Gov. Walker and his allies ultimately proved that their attack on workers’ rights had nothing to do with balancing the budget. Instead, it was a partisan attack on teachers, nurses, and other public employees.

Although it is encouraging that this staggering attempt to manipulate the political process was ultimately unsuccessful, these sham primaries did cost state taxpayers over $400,000. Sadly, these kinds of tactics are a favorite of the corporate-backed, extremist network that has funneled millions of dollars into campaigns pushing for privatizing Medicare, eliminating unemployment benefits and opposing the rights of American workers. However, the results from Wisconsin offer hope: when voters have the facts in front of them, the lies and distortions don’t hold up.

*photo courtesy AFL-CIO Wisconsin

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