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Funny, He Doesn’t Sound like a “Fake Democrat”

This sounds like it didn’t get approval of anyone in the establishment.

A Caledonia man has registered as a Democratic candidate in the 21st Senate District recall election, triggering a primary election.

Andrew James Mielke filed campaign registration papers Friday with the GAB. He is running as a Democrat, but said he’s focusing on gaining support from independent voters.

Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) currently holds the seat, but state Democrats collected enough signatures to prompt a recall election. In the primary election, Mielke will run against former Sen. John Lehman (D-Racine), who held the position prior to Wanggaard. The winner of the primary election would then move to a special election.

While the dates aren’t definitive, the GAB is eyeing a June 5 general election date, with primaries on May 8.

“I don’t think John Lehman is a strong candidate,” Mielke said. “People have already said in the last election that they don’t want him. Also, both Van Wanggaard and John Lehman aren’t good listeners. They just side with their own parties. I’m going after the independent voters and I think this district has a lot of them.”

Mielke said he decided to run because he’s frustrated with both parties.

“I want the educational system restored,” Mielke said. “It’s to a point where we need more money in the educational system – from tech colleges to the elementary schools.”

Working as a writer for the CNH catalogue for about a year, he said he had to take a cut in pay to work closer to home and he decided to run after the redistricting maps were redrawn, he said.

Honestly, I’m not too shocked to see someone else jump in this round of recall elections for state senators.  Almost all of the non-Fitzgerald candidates are re-runs of defeated candidates from 2010.  That’s going to cause people in these districts to ask who’s interests are being served in these elections — the constituents, or the Democratic Party’s?

As for any sort of “fake candidates” in this round, I say Republicans should run them.  It’s not going to cost any of these municipalities any money since there’s already going to be a Democratic primary for governor in the Walker recall.  Having more names and offices on the ballots aren’t going to have much of an effect on the overall printing costs.

Also, it probably protects one or two of the state senators by having them attached to the turnout of the Walker recall.

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