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UPDATE: GAB approves Hulsey, Ryan to be on ballot

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MADISON (WKOW) -- There will be a Democratic primary election for Governor in August and Congressman Paul Ryan will have to defeat a liberal protester with the same last name as a result of rulings by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) Tuesday.

Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) successfully defeated a challenge to his candidacy brought by Dane County Democrats, who wanted hundreds of Hulsey ballot signatures disqualified because they were collected by convicted felons.

Hulsey admitted he paid homeless people to collect signatures, but the GAB found that only one of the felons was still on probation.  Because of that, only the 57 signatures that felon collected were disqualified, leaving Hulsey with more than enough to get on the ballot against Democratic frontrunner Mary Burke.

"I just wanted to thank the 7-0 vote and ready to start campaigning and get back on the campaign trail," said Hulsey.
Congressman Paul Ryan will also have a primary opponent in frequent Capitol protester Jeremy Ryan, who can normally be seen on riding on his signature segway.  But it was the way Jeremy Ryan collected his actual ballot signatures that the Republican Party of Wisconsin objected to Tuesday.

"By intentionally obscuring the content of the nomination papers by promoting and luring signers into believing that they were signing a petition to legalize marijuana rather than a nomination paper for partisan office," alleged Lane Ruhland, Legal Counsel for the Wisconsin GOP.

Jeremy Ryan says he was holding a sign that said "sign up here to help legalize marijuana", but claims there was a legitimate reason.

"When an elector would come up to me to sign the petition, I would clearly let them know that this was to get me on the ballot to run against Paul Ryan for Congress and in my first term, if elected, I would introduce a bill on the federal level to legalize marijuana," said Jeremy Ryan.

But Ruhland also dragged GAB staff into her allegations against Ryan, raising questions about why his affidavit was so similar to the staff recommendations and why it was even notarized by a GAB official.

"I think that these two factors call into question the drafting of this affidavit and at the very least it warrants additional investigation," said Ruhland.

GAB staffers assured the Board no such interaction with Ryan took place.

"I think the claim that there was somehow collusion between staff and Mr. Ryan is despicable," Board member Judge Timothy Vocke told Ruhland.

The GAB ultimately voted to approve Jeremy Ryan's name to be on the ballot.

Some sitting members of the state legislature also survived challenges, including Sen. Frank Lasee (R-DePere), Rep. Mandela Barnes (D-Milwaukee) and Rep. Kathy Bernier (R-Chippewa Falls).

Former state senator and convicted felon Gary George was also allowed to be on the ballot in a primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) in Wisconsin's 4th Congressional District.

The GAB did disqualify six unheralded candidates for various Assembly seats, including Green Party Candidate Michael LaForest of Madison, who was trying to run in the 47th District.


MADISON (WKOW) -- A felonious former state senator and a regular Capitol protestor who rides a segway will both be on the ballot to challenge sitting members of Congress in August.

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board also allowed Rep. Brett Hulsey to be on the Democratic primary ballot after hearing challenges to several candidates at the State Capitol Tuesday morning.

That means former State Senator Gary George, who is also a convicted felon, will be on the ballot to challenge U.S.  Rep Gwen Moore for the Democratic nomination in Wisconsin's 4th Congressional District. 

The GAB also approved the candidacy of Jeremy Ryan, a vocal liberal protestor at the State Capitol, who is running against Rep. Paul Ryan for the Republican nomination in the 1st Congressional District.

Some sitting members of the state legislature also survived challenges, including Sen. Frank Lasee (R-DePere), Rep. Mandela Barnes (D-Milwaukee) and Rep. Kathy Bernier (R-Chippewa Falls).

The GAB must still rule on whether Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) will be on the ballot to challenge Mary Burke for the Democratic nomination for Governor.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann is at today's hearing and will have more on this story on 27 News at 5 and 6.

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