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Hulsey may mount write-in campaign if kicked off ballot

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Democrat Rep. Brett Hulsey tells 27 News he'll consider a write-in campaign, if the state Government Accountability Board(GAB) on Tuesday disqualifies enough of his nominating signatures, leaving him short of the two-thousand valid signatures needed to qualify and get on the ballot for governor.

"If I don't get on, I'll have to look at a potential write-in candidacy for November," Hulsey says.  "I didn't want do that. I wanted to try to discuss my differences. I feel like I'm the real Democrat in the race. But if the Democrats don't want to discuss it, then we can discuss it on Nov. 4."

Dane County Democratic Party chair Michael Basford filed challenges to more than 200 of Hulsey's nominating signatures, on grounds Hulsey either forged city or town names on address lines for petition signers or used people to circulate nominating signatures who were ineligible to vote and thus ineligible to circulate petitions.

Hulsey tells 27 News he believes he followed election laws in collecting his petition signatures, which currently number 2,130.

"This is one of the most important elections in Wisconsin history," Basford writes in his complaint against Hulsey. "He is bound and determined to make a mockery of the campaign."

If the GAB does not allow Hulsey on the ballot, former state commerce secretary Mary Burke would avoid an August primary election and be the only Democrat on the ballot to challenge incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker.

State records indicate at least one of Hulsey's petition circulators, Richard G. Ellis, of Madison, is on extended supervision in connection to a felony conviction. Felons still serving their sentences are ineligible to vote.

GAB spokesperson Reid Magney tells 27 News GAB staff will produce a recommendation on Hulsey's ballot status Monday or Tuesday. The board will consider that recommendation and decide Hulsey's electoral fate on Tuesday.

The nominating signatures of more than a dozen other candidates are being challenged, as well, including the signatures supporting the candidacy of Sen. Frank Lasee (R-DePere). A complaint filed against Lasee claims Lasee's submissions are invalid because he does not live in the senate district he represents, but instead lives with his wife in Racine. Lasee has maintained he meets residency requirements to represent the northeastern senate district.
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