GOP Takes Recalls to the Courts

6/1/11 – Three Republican state senators went to court yesterday to try-and-stop the recall elections against them. Dan Kapanke of La Crosse, Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac, and Luther Olsen of Ripon accuse Democrats of improperly filing paperwork with state officials when they organized the recall efforts. The Government Accountability Board rejected the argument last month, and they certified all three recall votes. Attorney Eric McLeod said there’s no proof that those filing the initial documents were registered members of the recall committees. And for that reason, McLeod wants the Dane County Circuit Court to do what the Accountability Board wouldn’t do – throw out the recall votes against Kapanke, Hopper, and Olsen. Democrats have accused the G-O-P senators of splitting hairs. State Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski calls the claims laughable, compared to what he calls the wide-spread fraud by Republicans in gathering recall petitions against three Democratic senators. The Accountability Board has delayed action on certifying the recalls against the Democrats, saying they need more time to study the matter. Yesterday, it certified recall votes against the other three Republican senators who were targeted – Alberta Darling, Rob Cowles, and Sheila Harsdorf