Recount Shows Lehman Won But Wanggaard Can Cause Further Delay
WISCONSINREPORT.COM (07/07/2012) - The Racine Wisconsin State Senate District Recall Recount shows that the Republican incumbent has lost to Democrat John Lehman. The Government Accountability Board says that Wanggaard still has an opportunity to further dispute the results of the recount for a few more days. However, Democrats have already welcomed Lehman into the Senate fold, hoping Republicans do not further hamper the business of the Senate by continuing delay tactics.
Wisconsin Senate Democrats held a press conference July 5th to welcome Senate-elect John Lehman (D-Racine) and to call on former Senator Wanggaard and the Senate Republicans to stop their delay tactics so the Legislature can move ahead on job creation efforts.
"Yesterday (July 4th), just like me, Republican Senators marched in Independence Day parades, celebrating American democracy", State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) said after the press conference.
"A day later, they continue to stand in the way of that democracy by ignoring the voice of the people and preventing Senator-elect Lehman from being immediately sworn in and seated", Senator Lassa continued.
The recount that Republican Senator Wanggaard demanded is over. It confirmed that Senator-elect Lehman won the election by more than 800 votes. By Wisconsin Election procedures, Wanggaard has the option of disputing the result of the official recount. He has until July 10th to do so.
"Senate Republicans should respect the decision of voters and our democratic process and allow the change in Senate majority leadership to proceed without further delay," Senator Lassa said.
"We’ve had close elections before. The Wisconsin way is to concede graciously when you lose. Instead, former Senator Wanggaard and Senate Republicans threaten to bring up frivolous legal challenges," Lassa pointed out.
"Any attempt to steal an election in court that they could not win at the ballot box will be a further waste of time and taxpayer money and another insult to the voters of Racine", Senator Julie Lassa explained.
"The hundreds of thousands of jobless individuals in Wisconsin just can’t wait another six months until
the Legislature is back in session for us to take action that helps put them back to work," Lassa said.
"I ask the Republican leadership to think of those thousands of struggling workers and families throughout Wisconsin who need us to finally get to work and solve this jobs crisis," Lassa continued.
"For their sake, former Senator Wanggaard and the Senate
Republicans should respect our democracy and the votes and the voices of the people, and help us get the job
done," Senator Lassa said.
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