UPDATE: Republican Isaac Weix to Run as Democrat in Harsdorf Recall Primary Election

A Wisconsin state GOP official is calling for the tactic Republicans time to communicate with voters after the state budget is approved. Isaac Weix is now collecting signatures to get on the ballot as a Democrat in Senate District 10.

UPDATE (4:25 p.m., June 6, 2011): Isaac Weix from Elmwood, a former Republican Wisconsin State Assembly candidate now living in Menomonie, is collecting signatures to run against Democrat Shelly Moore in the primary of this summer's Wisconsin State Senate recall election. 

Hudson Patch has obtained . In the petition statement Weix transparently states that his campaign is a protest campaign.  


UPDATE (3:45 p.m., June 6, 2011): Friends of Sheila Harsdorf campaign spokesperson Nathan Duerkop sent the following statement to Hudson Patch:

"Ever since the recall campaign was organized and funded by out-of-district special interests, Sheila Harsdorf has continued doing the work the voters sent her to do - balance the budget and serve taxpayers.  Last month, our campaign called attention to the fact that many recall petitioners from out-of-district were circulating the petitions, some from as far away as New York and Michigan.  Now, we learn that given the nature of this unprecedented recall campaign, the other side is playing games.  Quite frankly, we would have hoped Shelly Moore would have been as vocal about out-of-district influences as she is today about the state party’s apparent involvement.  We know that Sheila does not support either of these tactics, but it's a symptom of a recall process managed and run by big spending special interests that are prepared to spend millions to get Moore elected."

The Shelly Moore campaign sent the following statement to Hudson Patch:

"It appears as though the GOP Senators will stop at nothing to avoid being held accountable," said Shelly Moore. "Now they are resorting to dirty tricks in order to delay elections, create confusion and chaos, and avoid being judged by voters in recall elections. Senator Harsdorf must pledge to oppose any similar tactics, and the Republican Party must immediately shut down this partisan, coordinated attack on democracy that wastes taxpayer dollars. These elections must get underway so the State can heal. These underhanded tactics serve no purpose but to divide us further."


Stephan Thompson, executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, released the following statement on Monday:

"The upcoming recall elections are unprecedented not only in Wisconsin, but in our nation’s history. Unlike the Democratic Senators who deserted their constituents for a trip to Illinois, six Republican state Senators face recall not for misconduct, but for doing the job they were elected to do: taking a stance on a tough issue that came before the legislature."

"Now, these Republican senators are again busy doing their jobs crafting a fiscally responsible state budget that promotes economic growth, which puts them at a distinct disadvantage with many of their challengers who have had sufficient time to campaign. Because of this disadvantage, and the outrageous nature of elected officials facing recall for standing up for a balanced budget, the Republican Party of Wisconsin has advocated that protest candidates run in Democratic primaries to ensure that Republican legislators have ample time to communicate with voters throughout their districts after the state budget is approved."

"The public deserves time to learn about the differences between the candidates and about the Republican plan to control government spending and boost economic growth vs. the Democrat alternative of job-killing tax hikes."

Hudson Patch has left messages with both the Sheila Harsdorf campaign and the Shelly Moore campaign. We will update this post with any comments we receive from them.

William Welbes June 09, 2011 at 05:42 PM
To Mainstreet I agree with you that there is fat to be trimmed. However if you look at the budget, payroll is not that big of a piece. Also you forget than many state employees actually make money for the state. Budget cutting alone will not solve the problem and yet that is the only focus of walker. There are many opportunities to raise revenue, such as gun registratiion fees, increased hunting/fishing fees, increase boat registration fees, charge for boat inspections Services the state does for free or a limited cost that benefit only a few could be either charged for or raised. Why not charge farms a water management fee when they discharge or have runoff into the waters of the state. We as taxpayers subsidize many of these activities because the current fees dont really cover the cost incurred by the state. What I dont see happening is a logical analysis of the problem and an evaluation of the solutions. Instead we have a govenor puttting political hacks into high paid jobs they arent qualified for and going after workers and unions when he already admits the savings are minimal. Walker is not solving the problem or looking logically at the budget or raiseing revenues, they are laying the ground for a fiefdom. Unfortunately what I see in the republican party is a gorup of people who want to game the sytem to get more out than they put in and totaly focused on themselves. Unless a tornado hits, then bail us out,
mainstreet June 09, 2011 at 06:03 PM
In my reply to you I never once said cut employees or payroll. Whenever we cut our budget, employees were not part of the cut. We may not have hired, but none were cut. I did in a previous post mention cutting public employees that obviously didn't seem to be required. Since there are opportunities to do both, there is a lot of waste and fat to be saved. I do agree with you on charging for tax subsidized activities (user fees if you will). Let's at least get rid of some of the fat first though! While your ideas on govt employees and their "tax contributions" is an age old argument I don't think we need to go there other than to say I disagree.
Forrest Brigand June 09, 2011 at 06:57 PM
There's the answer. Raise fees. Then raise them again. And when they spend all that, why, just raise them again. They can just keep spending because they can always find more areas where they can raise fees. How about this. If you think your fishing license cost is too low, why don't you pay them double for it? If you think your boat registration fee is too low why you don't you send them double for that? Do you own a boat or an atv, or do you buy fishing and hunting licenses? If not, then why would you advocate charging me more? And if you do, why don't you pay double? Go ahead, send it in, I'm sure they'll take it. But you won't. You won't pay double because you want to sound virtuous while you hire people like Shelly Moore to raise fees on me. If higher fees are the answer, send them more of your money.
Forrest Brigand June 09, 2011 at 07:01 PM
... and please enlighten me. "Also you forget than many state employees actually make money for the state." How many of these are there? Are you referring to the lady that charged me $20 for 2 minutes and 6 steps she had to move to make a photocopy of my birth certificate? Nothing personal about the worker, but a private sector company would be put out of business at this rate.
William Welbes June 09, 2011 at 10:24 PM
Then why do they try to hide thier actions. The recent action to overturn the previously passed legislation that mandated chlorination of municiple water supplies. Not only did they overturn the passed legislation they took out language that said the cities should notify thier population that the water was not chlorinated and they were making a city decision not to. If they are so busy informing people why take out the mandantory warning? Why even overtun the bill when you are trying to save money. The bill was passed because a cost feasibilty study showed it would save over $2 in medical expenses for every dollar spent. Some public service.
William Welbes June 09, 2011 at 10:41 PM
Forrest Many things that we take for granted are subsidized by the taxpayers. Why not take away the tax dollars and let the people that use the service pay for its total cost. Hunting, fishing, mining, logging are all activities that do not come close to covering thier costs. Why not make the people who use it pay for it. Why shoud my tax dollars support boat landing construction, maintenence or aquatic biologists working to control milifoil and zebra mussel movement on private boats. The same holds true for hunting and fishing. Mining and farming both impact the surface and groundwater why not shift some of the costs back to these businesses. What I get from your argument is cut everything but dont cut service and I dont want to pay anymore for my activities. We if you cut the DNR budget either your activites are cut such as closing parks or your gonna pay more.The rebublican way seems to be get more out than you put in, it dosent work, after all thats how we got in this mess. Areas where the state pulls in money liscensing fees, auditors, lumber and surplus land sales, timber sales, mining roylaties, compliance fines, fishery sales and dozens of other areas such as sales tax enforcement and the state patrol with traffic enforcement rather than blindly complain read the budget..
Thurston Howell III June 10, 2011 at 07:05 AM
Forrest, "Are you referring to the lady that charged me $20 for 2 minutes and 6 steps she had to move to make a photocopy of my birth certificate? Nothing personal about the worker, but a private sector company would be put out of business at this rate." You have a point. But you may be paying for more than the copy, They have to maintain the records database.
Thurston Howell III June 10, 2011 at 07:07 AM
Forrest, Who, if anyone would make a profit by keeping your Birth Certificate and making a copy for you? This enterprise is just not profitable, yet necessary. Would you agree?
Paul June 10, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Dear Nathan Duerkop, You know as well as many of us here, that the GOP would only do what FitzWalkerHasrdorf would want in her race. You know you all have dicussed these topics and agreed on them. Also, since you have all the names of these so called special interests who are they? Here is a link to GAB, to help you find these so called special interests. So, help us out and show us these. Or if anyone else would like to see who did this take a look. Then you can make your own judgement on what the real truth is. Are the poeple that make up Senate Ditrict 10 outside special interests? http://gab.wi.gov/node/1656
mainstreet June 10, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Now that the 3 Dem recalls have been sanctioned what are the odds of fake Reps showing up?
Shannon June 10, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Why wouldn't there be/shouldn't there be fake Republicans showing up? When the Republicans do it it's strategy. If the Democrats do it, I'm sure you would feel it would be a heinous act. Accept it, we're not going away, and we're in this to win it.
Happy Badger June 10, 2011 at 04:22 PM
I think it's probably the other way around, Paul. I believe it's more likely that the Harsdorf campaign will only do and say what today's GOP tells them to do. At the same time, I'd bet that Shelly Moore is going to be taking a lot of marching orders from the state Dem. party as well. The political reality is, I believe, that once the state party puts their stamp of approval on any candidate, the state party has a great deal of control over the schedule and the message. I've had the pleasure of knowing a couple folks who've run for state office, and that seems to be the way of the political world today.
Happy Badger June 10, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Considering the hyperbole of their rhetoric about the Rep. tactic, I'd hope they won't. That level of hypocracy would be too easy to rip. It's hard to comdemn the "low road" and then merge onto it with a smile.
mainstreet June 10, 2011 at 04:43 PM
Wholeheartedly agree Happy. The whole thing sucks (Hope that's okay to say) both ways.
William Welbes June 10, 2011 at 04:53 PM
Why is it that I feel like Nathan Duerkop is my representative, the only person I hear from is him. I dont ever remember voting for him. Why is he always responding to issues, questions, and making the position statements. I for on would like to know what our elected representative has to say about this not Nathan Duerkop.
mainstreet June 10, 2011 at 05:18 PM
Come on WW. Nathan Deurkop, Jay Carney, Gillian Morris, etc, etc just doing their job. Never had a secretary?
Dan BV June 10, 2011 at 05:52 PM
Now you're preaching the "government ala carte" theory, which is fine right until you have to pay $5,000 for your share of your road every 10-15 years (plus annually "by the pothole" and "by the plowpass") and for your police calls 100% by the visit (instead of appeasing your neighbors by turning your stereo down - before they called the police, or would it work the other way, you pay when you want them to do something...) And oh, by the way, when you die your private industry insurance company won't pay off your life insurance without a death certificate, which by now is $100 a copy. And why is it a $100? Because government learned from private industry and they're charge that much BECAUSE THEY CAN.
Happy Badger June 10, 2011 at 06:00 PM
It's "strategy" on both sides. It's lousy, slimy strategy that degrades an otherwise valid and sane, if drastic, process to keep our representatives accountable: the recall. The GOP deserves to lose their majority because of the abuse of the legislative process back in Feb/March. They were fair game for recall. Running bogus Dem's is a cowardly act of desparation on their part. The problem with saying you're the better party in a dispute is that you have to act like it in order to be credible. If the Dem's play their game, everybody loses, particularly the Dem's. Up to now, the GOP owns the putrid odor eminating from Madison. No need to roll in the stink just to show them that you're just as bad. I believe it was Gandhi who observed something like, An eye for an eye, and the whole world goes blind.
Paul June 10, 2011 at 06:04 PM
FitzwalkerHarsdorf=Ayn Rand They are all lock step. Here is a Time Magazine Article that interesting. http://swampland.time.com/2011/06/03/paul-ryans-ayn-rand-problem/
Thurston Howell III June 10, 2011 at 08:07 PM
I was going to refrain from commenting on the Patch, but I cannot let this opportunity go by. Paul Amen, and Amen. This young person and how have hit the nail squarely on the head. Thank you! TH3
Jene June 15, 2011 at 06:46 PM
I can't help but notice the headline for this article changed, without noting it had been updated. Curious. I am 100% sure the headline used to identify Weix as a "fake" democrat, which he is. Why the change, Mr. Foley? Did you not think we'd remember?
Micheal Foley June 15, 2011 at 07:08 PM
The headline changed many times as this story was developing. An early version had "fake" in the headline. As more facts came to light, it became clear that Weix wasn't pretending to be a Democrat, but instead transparently running a protest campaign. The term "fake" didn't really fit what he was doing. That's all.
Ted June 15, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Seems confusing to me. You say Weix is a republican who is running a protest campaign as a Democrat and because it's a protest that he is not a fake democrat. Seems to me that the term fake democrat fits him perfectly if he's not a Democrat and he is running as a democrat then he is a fake Democrat whether he is running a protest campaign or not. Phony is as phony does, we all learned that from Forrest Gump.
Micheal Foley June 15, 2011 at 07:28 PM
Thanks for the feedback.
Happy Badger July 14, 2011 at 04:46 AM
And, David, it also seems that anyone who comes close to opposing him or Sen. Harsdorf is bashed as an "out-of-state, special interst, taxing-and-spending union thug." What's the difference?
Paul July 14, 2011 at 10:04 AM
Truth is that they are afriad of the truth. And they can't defend the lies and deciet spread by the GOP, and FitzWalkerHarsdorf.
Spencer Reid July 15, 2011 at 06:10 AM
What was the initial false charge?
Spencer Reid July 15, 2011 at 06:15 AM
You are for a big government, mainstreet is for small government. What's your point on #4?
Thurston Howell III July 15, 2011 at 09:53 AM
First we have a counterfeit candidate, now we have a counterfeit "debate". http://tourism.rfchamber.com/events/details/business-breakfast-3102 This is an absolute JOKE!!! Chamber of Commerce ( read Republican Party ) sponsors this event. There is limited seating and pre-registration required. Plus a $15 fee to attend. This is NOT what Democracy looks like. This tantamount to having Harsdorf debate at WEAC headquarters. This forum should have been rejected as out of line.
Cynthia April 03, 2012 at 10:12 PM
How about unneeded, hugely expensive RECALLS, Ted?


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