The Wisconsin Republican Party today charged that Democrats were engaging in a dirty trick campaign to suppress the recall effort against Democratic state senator Dave Hansen.
In a statement on its blog, the Wisconsin GOP said that Democrats phoned people who signed a petition to recall Hansen, only they altered the caller ID so that it appeared the calls were coming from "BayCare Aurora" -- a local Green Bay hospital. (Photo from the Wisconsin GOP at right).
“It’s disgusting that the Dems would use a fake call from a hospital to trick people into answering their phones – only so they could harass and intimidate them into saying they did not sign a recall petition,” Mark Jefferson, executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, said in the statement. “People who received that call may have feared the worst – an unexpected call from a hospital can bring terrible news about a loved one. The Democrats’ intent was obviously to confuse and upset people, hoping they would be disoriented and easily tricked into saying they had not signed a recall petition. Dave Hansen’s political career may be coming to an end because he fled to Illinois, but that doesn’t excuse this cruel, desperate tactic.”
In a heated campaign such as this, it's always best to use caution when it comes to such accusations. But if the charges do turn out to be true, it's hard to see what Democrats would hope to accomplish. I can't imagine that the number of signatures they could theoretically invalidate would be worth the risk of exposure. And given that those who would sign a petition to recall a Democratic senator are likely a pretty active and conservative sample, it seems that the risk of exposure would be quite high.
H/t Wisconsin Reporter.