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Grothman Facing Recount in Narrow Primary Win

Remember Glenn Grothman, the Wisconsin state legislator running for Congress? He’s one of the most extreme conservatives running anywhere in the country and he won his primary by a mere 215 votes, which has triggered a recount. Republican party strategists are afraid that if he wins the nomination it could cost them a seat.

A recount has put a controversial state senator’s victory in a Wisconsin congressional primary into question, according to a Milwaukee newspaper.

The Associated Press called the race for state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R) on Tuesday night, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports a recount in Sheboygan County has now narrowed his lead to just 215 votes, at 23,241 to 23,026.

National Republican strategists concede that Grothman’s tendency towards controversy could put the seat at risk.

One warned that he could be a “ticking time bomb.”

“Republicans will need to pay attention to this race now,” the strategist said.

Among other things, Grothman thinks that Martin Luther King day should be rescinded, that sex ed classes are used to recruit kids to be gay, and that Kwanzaa is a plot to destroy America.

Comments

  1. blf says

    I admit I had to look up Kwanzaa
    Although apparently existing for a long-ish time, including most of my own education in USAlienstan, I have no recollection of the term / celebration.

  2. John Pieret says

    Grothman thinks that Martin Luther King day should be rescinded, that sex ed classes are used to recruit kids to be gay, and that Kwanzaa is a plot to destroy America.

    Or, in other words, he is a mainstream Rebublibagger and the regular party is now embarrassed. They should be … for the way they’ve courted and used these lunatics to win elections with no plan to deal with them once the voting was over.

  3. Phillip IV says

    Republican party strategists are afraid that if he wins the nomination it could cost them a seat.

    That it only “could” cost them a seat is a sorry indictment on the whole district. The idea of someone like Grothman being elected to public office should be nothing more than a bad joke.

    I’m not even saying that his opinions are entirely out of the norm for his party within his state, but they used to be able to find guys at least smart enough to know they should keep them to themselves.

  4. Michael Heath says

    blf writes:

    Although apparently existing for a long-ish time, including most of my own education in USAlienstan, I have no recollection of the term / celebration [Kwanzaa].

    Which brings to mind non-conservative Americans’ slavish devotion to Saul Alinsky and his tactics.

  5. D. C. Sessions says

    Among other things, Grothman thinks that Martin Luther King day should be rescinded, that sex ed classes are used to recruit kids to be gay, and that Kwanzaa is a plot to destroy America.

    Sounds pretty mainstream to me.

  6. lpetrich says

    Kwanzaa is a pseudo-African holiday invented by black nationalist Ron Karenga in the 1960’s. Having some ears of American corn???

    But Kwanzaa is not much sillier than most other holidays, I think.

  7. blf says

    Saul Alinsky

    Sorry, I had to look up this gentleman as well. Some of the protests he organized / proposed (as listed in that link) could have intersected with me in various manners, but I have absolutely no recollection at all…

  8. colnago80 says

    Re Michael Heath @ #5

    Actually, it’s conservatives who are, inadvertently, Alinsky’s most assiduous followers (especially the tea baggers). Alinsky famously said that the way to social progress was to rub raw the sores of discontent, which is exactly what conservatives do.

  9. Michael Heath says

    colnago80 writes:

    Re Michael Heath @ #5
    Actually, it’s conservatives who are, inadvertently, Alinsky’s most assiduous followers (especially the tea baggers).

    As always, you misrepresent what I wrote.

  10. Charlie Chapman says

    Re Michael Heath @ #10
    just a thought – but if you don’t want people to”misrepresent” what you post perhaps you could flesh out your ideas beyond the non sequitur/fragmentary haiku phase – i personally have no idea what you were trying to communicate-
    re “Which brings to mind non-conservative Americans’ slavish devotion to Saul Alinsky and his tactics.”

  11. skinnercitycyclist says

    @Charlie Chapman @ #11

    I felt the same way, but my stance is that using the name “Alinsky” is nothing different than screaming “BENGHAZI.” It is a dog-whistle, with no actual connotations in the real world.

  12. colnago80 says

    Re Charlie Chapman @ #11

    Perhaps we should give Mikey the benefit of the doubt and assume that he was attempting, not very successfully, to purvey a little snark.

  13. Charlie Chapman says

    @skinnercitycyclist & @colnago80 – Yay, successful communications.
    @colnago80 – snark or not, if there was a point to be made there it eludes me. If someone wants to engage in a conversation I’m in. If someones just wants to shout bumper sticker slogans ….

  14. dingojack says

    Charlie – I’m sorry, this blog is largely written for English speakers. If English is not your first language there are web sites that can translate English into other languages.
    If you’re just having reading or comprehension problems, I would recommend getting in touch with your local library. They might be able to help you find services that can improve your reading and/or comprehension deficiencies…
    Hope that helps.
    Dingo

  15. Charlie Chapman says

    the sentence…
    “Which brings to mind non-conservative Americans’ slavish devotion to Saul Alinsky and his tactics.”
    contains neither enough context or content for me to derive any useful information as to what the poster meant to communicate, to then complain that they were being misrepresented is simply ludicrous. Especially in relation to the parent post, i can’t find any relevant relationship.
    My issue here is posting incomplete thoughts and then complaining that you’ve been misunderstood.
    There is no way not to misinterpret that post – the poster is simply posting a bumper sticker blurb, or as skinnercitycyclist puts it shouting “BENGHAZI!”

  16. dingojack says

    Charlie – not sure you can blame MH for your inattention to common memes in right-wing rhetoric. If you’ve been living in mommy’s basement for the last 20 or so years it’s not really his (or anyone else’s) fault but you own.
    Dingo

  17. Charlie Chapman says

    to clarify – if you are in a closed group, then bouncing memes back and forth may actually seem like communications to you – however if you are trying, and i will give you the benefit of the doubt here, to communicate ideas; then in-group memes are ineffective. Perhaps that comment would be understood perfectly on world net daily, but here you have a wider audience. If you are truly interested in an exchange of ideas, then words, carefully placed in order, to convey clear ideas rather than in-group memes would be the more effective tool.

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