Two days after leaders from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin claimed Kathy Nickolaus was tampering with votes in the State Sen. Alberta Darling recall election, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s PolitiFact gave the Democrats a “Pants on Fire” ranking for their comments.
Frustrated that their candidate, State Rep. Sandy Pasch was losing the election to the Republican state senators, stating “She is once more tampering with the results of a consequential election and in the next hours we will determine our next course of action. For now, Wisconsin should know that a dark cloud hangs over these important results."
Politifact notes that the county clerk doesn’t count the ballots and includes interviews from the Menomonee Falls clerk and Nickolaus, who both said the election results were posted on the county’s website within minutes of Nickolaus receiving the tallies from the Menomonee Falls clerk.
Menomonee Falls Patch has full coverage of the recall election, including its community.
WTMJ-4 reported Wednesday that the Democrats are not going to apologize for their statements. Nickolaus told the TV station she doesn’t think they will apologize and that the comments were “disappointing.”
The comments from the Democrats, though, were not just limited to the news release, which was removed from the party’s website hours after being posted.
Nickolaus forgot to report the results from the City of Brookfield in an unofficial report to the Associated Press on election night in April. The results caused Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg to declare victory. Instead, when the votes from Brookfield were reported to the Government Accountability Board, incumbent Justice David Prosser was declared the winner following a lengthy recount.
The incident had Democrats across the state calling for an investigation into the election night snafu and Nickolaus. Protesters immediately marched around the Waukesha County Courthouse demanding an investigation and for Nickolaus’ resignation. Nickolaus is an elected official.