FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday June 8, 2011 Contact: Viet Shelton (920) 204-6746
Sen. Scott Fitzgerald: Hopper lying about fake Democrat (who he happens to be friends with on Facebook) Majority Leader reveals all GOP senators facing recall knew about the plan to deceive voters and delay recall elections OSHKOSH – State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, perhaps unwittingly, revealed that all GOP Senators facing recall elections had knowledge of the conspiracy to recruit sham Democratic candidates to rig primary election dates for August, including efforts to run John Buckstaff in the 18th senate district. Fitzgerald’s statements directly contradict claims Randy Hopper and his campaign have made that they had no part in this conspiracy. Yesterday, Majority Leader Fitzgerald confirmed to the LaCrosse Tribune that the targeted Republicans knew about the strategy, saying, "Certainly all of them were aware of the idea that this was ... taking place.” Fitzgerald also said that Republican senators have known about the plan for weeks. This contradicts statements made from Hopper himself and his official campaign denying any involvement in the concerted effort and when they knew about the plan. Hopper has repeatedly denied any role in the spoiler plan over the last few days. When asked by reporters about organizing spoiler candidates, Hopper said, “I have absolutely zero to do with it.” In a separate comment that contradicts Fitzgerald, Hopper campaign manager Jeff Harvey also denied any involvement and said that “Hopper first became aware of the movement to seek spoiler candidates for a Democratic primary during the weekend (June 4-5)” when the nomination papers for the spoiler candidate were released publicly. Fitzgerald has clearly said that all the GOP senators knew of the plan for weeks, and were even asking questions about the “angles on it.” The Hopper campaign says Hopper didn’t know about it until 3 days ago. The Majority Leader says Hopper has known for weeks. Just like the other scandals swirling around Randy Hopper – somebody’s lying. ### Paid for by We Are Wisconsin PAC, Phil Neuenfeldt, Treasurer. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s agent or committee.