I see mixed messages in this story about fake candidates in the recall elections. Vos calls Kohl-Riggs a “whack job” and it seems like he is assuming that every Republican will know enough to vote on May 8th. I think it would be better for Republicans to be careful in these interviews and get the message out there that we have to vote for Scott Walker and be at the polls on May 8th. Too many Republicans are focusing only on June 5.
This is from PostCrescent –
“Falk and Barrett are among four true Democrats who are running along with one fake. But Walker also has a challenger — frequent Capitol protester and Walker opponent Arthur Kohl-Riggs. He has taken to wearing a top hat and claiming he is running as a Republican in the tradition of Abraham Lincoln and progressive Wisconsin Republican Bob La Follette.
Kohl-Riggs, 23, said part of the reason he’s running is to make sure Republicans are forced to vote for Walker instead of messing around in the Democratic primary.
That makes it unlikely there will be widespread crossover voting in that race, Vos said.
“I still think when people see two names on the ballot, they are so supportive of Gov. Walker almost to the point of being all in,” Vos said. “I think they’re going to want to vote for him even knowing this guy’s a whack job.””
From the JSOnline: “Arthur Kohl-Riggs of Madison, a liberal critic who has demonstrated and blogged against the governor, is running as a Republican. Kohl-Riggs has said on his website that his candidacy would help ensure that Republicans vote in the GOP primary for governor rather than crossing over to vote as spoilers in the Democratic primary.”
How is a liberal critic a Republican???
The liberals put up such pathetic candidates for Governor in Wisconsin. Now they have an even more pathetic fake Republican dressed up like he’s Lincoln and it looks like they’re just gaming the system to get their fake in on May 8th when most of the Republicans will be looking the other way.
It’s so stupid it’s smart.
Check out this kind of language at A Possible Answer to Slim Pickin’s?
“… there are many of us who are less than electrified about any particular Democratic/Independent candidate. I, for one, want to be sure that I am voting for the candidate who will beat Walker in that June recall election. Voting for Kohl-Riggs may just be the solution to our political pickle.”
“None of these people have the excitability we need to get people to the polls and vote out this devastating Governor.”
So a 23-year-old professional protester from Madistan could actually get enough votes on May 8th because he wears a cute stovepipe hat and then Scott Walker would be voted out.
It doesn’t seem possible but then again who could’ve predicted the hippy occupation of the Capitol building. Kohl-Riggs was right in there with them.