By Jeff Simpson
The Wisconsin Republican Party hates you!
If you want to know, how the Wisconsin Republican Party feels about the Wisconsin Tea Party, just check the last two special elections.
Wisconsin District 21 - five republicans entered the primary to replace Mark "GTAC" Honadel.. Long time right wing extremist and founder of "Grandsons of Liberty" Larry Gamble was one of them. Where did the money go? Not to Larry! Two of the biggest right wing moneybags, convicted felon Scott Jensen and Julainne Appling both endorsed the eventual winner, Jessie Rodriguez.
In convicted felon Scott Jensen's case he is spending big money on Rodriguez, so she doesn't have too!
In the 21st District race, the $45,646 spent by American Federation for Children was nearly five times more than the $9,520 doled out by the six candidates. The group is putting its money on Republican Jessie Rodriguez. It’s spending about 198 times more than Rodriguez who reported spending $231 as of October 7 – the least of all the candidates.Its kind of amazing how much money the pro-voucher, anti- public education groups have to spend(think about that). I am sure though, that just because American Federation for Children is trying hard to buy Ms. Rodriguez her seat, she will not be beholden to them at all.
Wisconsin District 69 - where four republicans stepped up to fill the small but really dirty shoes of Scott Suder. The long time tea party activist Scott Knoble was the first to declare, and the one who did not get any Republican money.
In this race though, Jensen backed a loser, but in the end, kept his money and dirty influence as far away from Knoble as he could get.
In the 69th District contest, the $45,095 spent by the group topped the $39,666 spent by the six candidates. The group has sent numerous mailings – some here and here – in support of Republican Alanna Feddick. American Federation’s spending more than tripled the $13,792 Feddick reported spending as of October 7.
American Federation’s electioneering activities in these races is similar to some of the strategy in other legislative and statewide races where they’ve spent an estimated $4.4 million since 2010 – inundate areas with daily mailings and talk about every other issue – job creation, health care, taxes, etc. – except school vouchers.
The republican party has done a great job of drmming up the hatred and anger on the right into a frenzied tea party and now realize that they are a blemish on society and their party so are starting to distance themselves from the group they got elected. They finally realize that the short term gain, was great but it might not outweigh the long term damage these guys have done to the GOP. They are now trying to cut their losses.