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Democrats name candidates for 3 Senate recall elections


MADISON (WKOW) -- Three Republican State Senators facing recalls now know who their opponents will be if the elections are certified.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is running a group of challengers very familiar to the state legislature.

It was only 15 months ago that Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) beat then-incumbent Democrat John Lehman for the 21st District Senate seat.

Sen. Wanggaard will now have to face Lehman again.

"To have the same individual come back to be my opponent, that tells me that they're looking for a re-do," said Sen. Wanggaard.

The first-term Republican said he is proud to run on his record, and blames Lehman for the state's 2010 financial troubles.

"Not only did he vote for the budget, he crafted that budget that put us $5 billion more in taxes and in a $3.6 billion structural deficit," said Sen. Wanggaard.

While Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) won't have to beat the same opponent twice, he is very familiar with former State Rep. Kristen Dexter.

The Eau Claire Democrat succeeded Moulton in the 68th Assembly District in 2008, before losing her seat in 2010.

"I think that one of Scott Walker's and Terry Moulton's main faults right now is they've stopped listening to average people," said Dexter.

The Democrat says she is ready to take Sen. Moulton and the Republican Party to task for what she calls rewarding those who don't need the help.

"Incentives (for corporations) are a great idea, and in many, many cases they work, but, the priorities of tilting the playing field in their favor has been destructive," said Dexter.

The only Democratic challenger currently serving in the Legislature is Assembly Assistant Minority Leader Donna Seidel of Wausau, who will square off against Sen. Pam Galloway (R-Wausau).

"Wisconsin has put the interest of corporations and wealthy individuals ahead of the needs of hard working families," said Rep. Seidel about why she's running.

All of the incumbent Republican Senators are in their first terms and were singled out by Democrats, because they are in very closely divided districts that were all held by Democrats just two years ago.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) is also facing a recall, but the Democratic Party did not back that effort.

The individual who did, Fort Atkinson resident Lori Compas, said she won't announce a challenger to Sen. Fitzgerald for at least another two weeks.


MADISON (WKOW)  -- The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is going with a group of veteran lawmakers to challenge three Republican State Senators in recall elections this year.

State Rep. Donna Seidel (D-Wausau), announced Tuesday morning that she will run against Sen. Pam Galloway (R-Wausau) in District 29. 

Former Democratic State Sen. John Lehman of Racine will challenge Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) in District 21.

In District 23, former Democratic State Rep. Kristen Dexter of Eau Claire will challenge State Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls).

Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller will introduce the Democratic challengers during an event at Monona Terrace at 5 p.m.

Lori Compas, the organizer of an independent recall of Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), said she doesn't expect to announce a candidate until February 10 at the earliest.

27 News Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will be at Monona Terrace with live reports at 5 and 6 p.m.

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