Chris Christie refused invitation to appear at Romney campaign rally

Ouch bro, that’s gonna leave a mark.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was effusive in his praise of President Barack Obama when the two leaders toured damage from Hurricane Sandy last week, turned down a request by Mitt Romney to appear with him at a rally on Sunday night in Pennsylvania, The Huffington Post has learned.

Christie’s decision will only add to questions among Republicans about what the governor — who is up for reelection a year from now — is thinking, and why he went out of his way to heap praise on the president, and then refused to appear with Romney.

The Romney rally was held at a farm in Morrisville, Pa., not more than 20 minutes from Trenton, the New Jersey capital. The physical proximity of the event to New Jersey only added to questions in the Romney campaign about why Christie chose not to come.

“You can’t tell me he couldn’t have gone over there for a night rally,” a Romney campaign source told HuffPost.

Keep in mind Chris Christie was chosen by Mitt Romney to give the keynote speech at the 2012 GOP convention, so this is no small snub.

An election eve message for Waukesha County Democratic candidates

Jeff Christensen, the Democratic Chair of Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District, has written a thoughtful and inspiring election eve message for Waukesha County Democratic candidates and volunteers. Here it is, reprinted in its entirety, with permission (links added):

Sometimes it is easy to be cynical here in the Fifth Congressional District, as it’s the “roughest” of our eight Congressional Districts in Wisconsin for fellow Democrats.

We’re all told how rough it is.  The demographics can be tough.  The lines are often drawn against us.  And there are times when even our neighbors think we’re a little crazy.  And yet we fight.

And most importantly you step up.  You volunteer, you donate and more & more of you decide to run for office.  You make sure that our democracy has a choice here in the 5th District.

As I think about Election Day, I’m hopeful.  Even more so, I’m proud of those who stepped up.

One of the funnier & ethical guys around named Dave Heaster made sure that Jim Sensenbrenner didn’t go unopposed.

A wonderful person named Jesse Read wanted to make sure that Waukesha County would have a new county clerk.

Two educators named Jim Ward & Tanya Lohr decided that their representatives in the State Senate, Mary Lazich & Glenn Grothman, opposed their values; so they challenged them.  Then Beth Lueck, another educator, decided that her State Senator, Alberta Darling, should see a write-in challenger on the ballot.

On the State Assembly side we have an amazing 20 districts in our CD.  And yet, we have 17 candidates on tomorrow’s ballot.  What an amazing group of people from all walks of life who have stood up.

Those 17 people wanted to make sure that you had a choice.  Chris Rockwood & John Pokrandt from Wauwatosa made sure.  Cindy Moore from New Berlin made sure.  My friend Shan Haqqi made sure.  Scott Woods & Perry Duman stepped up again.  Mary Arnold and Horicon Mayor Jim Grigg made sure.  Jim Brownlow and Kathy Wied-Vincent made sure.  And right in the heart of Waukesha, Marga Krumins, Eric Prudent and Tom Hibbard made sure.  And the most transparent guy I know in Andy Jorgensen is at it again to make sure your voice is heard in Madison.

I couldn’t be prouder that all of them stood up and decided to embody the face of democracy.  I hope voters feel the same way tomorrow and show their appreciation by voting for them.

Years ago when I moved to Waukesha County I got involved because there weren’t enough Democrats on the ballot.  In future years I hope people get involved because they are inspired by the Democrats on the ballot.

As a Waukesha County Democrat, I, too, am proud of all of our candidates and of those who stepped up. I’m also proud to call many of them friends, and I wish them the best of luck in tomorrow’s election.

Go, Waukesha County Democrats, go!

When is That Boy From Elroy Not From Elroy?

During the campaign, our boy from Elroy, Mr. Tommy Thompson, has made hay (pun intended) that he is still a small town farmer…that is supposed to be in contrast to the left’s accusation that he is now a big moneyed lobbyist and Washington insider. Well the pushups, the tractors, the Harleys, the aw shucks are, just, well, for show.

Because the farmer from Elroy is running for US Senate and lists his home address with the GAB as being in Madison! Go figure!

Endorsements: November 6 2012

Normally I wouldn’t go down the list this far to endorse candidates across the entire state. But we are living in extraordinary times. And if you read the list we have an opportunity to elect a lot of Democratic women to the State Assembly…which I think would be an outstanding idea.

But for those of you who haven’t voted, make sure you vote on Tuesday November 6th…and although it is your right to do so…it is ALSO your civic responsibility!

President: Barack Obama

US Senator: Tammy Baldwin

US House:

District 1 Rob Zerban
District 2 Mark Pocan
District 3 Ron Kind
District 4 Gwen Moore
District 5 Dave Heaster
District 6 Joe Kallas
District 7 Pat Kreitlow
District 8 Jamie Wall

State Senate:
District 10 Dan Olson
District 12 Susan Sommer
District 14 Margerete Worthington
District 18 Jessica King
District 20 Tanya Lohr
District 22 Robert Wirch
District 24 Julie Lassa
District 28 Jim Ward
District 30 Dave Hansen
District 32 Jennifer Shilling

State Assembly:
District 1 Patrick Veeser
District 2 Larry Preuss
District 3 Kole Oswald
District 4 Michael Malcheski
District 5 Jeff McCabe
District 6 John Powers
District 13 John Pokrandt
District 14 Chris Rockwood
District 15 Cindy Moore
District 17 La Tonya Johnson
District 18 Evan Goyke
District 20 Christine Sinicki
District 21 William Kurtz
District 23 Cris Rogers
District 24 Shan Haqqi
District 25 Jim Brey
District 26 Mike Helmke
District 27 Steve Bauer
District 28 Adam Bever
District 29 Jim Swanson
District 30 Diane Odeen
District 31 Ryan Schroeder
District 32 Kim Peterson
District 33 Scott Alan Woods
District 34 Merlin Van Buren
District 35 Kevin Koth
District 36 Dorothy Kegley
District 37 Mary Arnold
District 38 Scott Michalak
District 39 Jim Grigg
District 41 Melissa Sorenson
District 42 Paula Cooper
District 43 Andy Jorgensen
District 44 Debra Kolste
District 45 Janis Ringhand
District 46 Gary Hebl
District 47 Robb Kahl
District 48 Melissa Agard Sargent
District 49 Carol Beals
District 50 Sara Ann Shanahan
District 51 Maureen May-Grimm
District 52 Paul Czisny
District 53 Ryan Flejter
District 54 Gordon Hintz
District 55 Jim Crail
District 56 Richard Shoenbohm
District 60 Perry Duman
District 61 John Steinbrink
District 62 Melissa Lemke
District 63 Kelley Albrecht
District 67 Deb Bieging
District 68 Judy Smriga
District 69 Paul Knoff
District 70 Amy Sue Vruwink
District 71 Katrina Shankland
District 72 Justin Pluess
District 74 Janet Bewley
District 75 Stephen Smith
District 78 Brett Hulsey
District 80 Sondy Pope-Roberts
District 81 Fred Clark
District 82 Kathleen Wied-Vincent
District 83 James Brownlow
District 84 Jesse Roelke
District 85 Mandy Wright
District 86 Dennis Halkoski
District 87 Elizabeth Riley
District 88 Ward Bacon
District 89 Joe Reinhard
District 90 Eric Genrich
District 93 Jeff Smith
District 94 Steve Doyle
District 96 Tom Johnson
District 97 Marga Krumins
District 98 Eric Prudent
District 99 Thomas Hibbard

And best wishes to our friends who are running unopposed tomorrow. I am not going to list them because I don’t want to offend if I miss someone. But thank you for running. Thank you for putting yourself out there. I know how difficult it is!

Some election day predictions

If you’re reading this blog, I don’t need to tell you the importance of tomorrow. It’s election day, and with that in mind here’s my predictions on a few races of import.

Presidential Race
In the presidential race, I’ll predict President Barack Obama wins reelection with 303 electoral votes to Republican Mitt Romney’s 235 electoral votes. Here’s my map:

Map courtesy 270towin.com

Wisconsin U.S. Senate Race
I think this is going to be a very close race, but I predict Democrat Tammy Baldwin will defeat Republican Tommy Thompson 50.4% to 49.0%, with Libertarian Party candidate Joe Kexel picking up .6% of the vote.

4th Congressional District
In contrast to Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race, the race between Democratic incumbent Rep. Gwen Moore, Republican Dan Sebring, and independent candidate Robert Raymond won’t be at all close. I think we’ll see a repeat of 2010’s result, with Gwen Moore winning 69% of the vote to Sebring’s 30%, with Raymond picking up the remaining 1%.

Other Races
I’ll also go ahead and predict Democrats will maintain control of the United States Senate but will continue to be the majority in the House of Representatives, albeit by a smaller number of seats.

And here in Wisconsin, Democrats will lose control of the State Senate (17-16 Republican majority) and will continue to be the minority party in the Assembly.

Mitt Romney’s enthusiasm gap

Here’s two screenshots that completely debunk the idea of a President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign suffering from an enthusiasm gap, at least here in southeastern Wisconsin.

As the image below shows, within 25 miles of Waukesha there were/are 245 scheduled grassroots events/gatherings/GOTV efforts on behalf of President Obama’s reelection from November 4 until election day.

In stark contrast, a look at the events page on Mitt Romney’s campaign website shows just one lonely event scheduled from November 4 until election day within 25 miles of Waukesha.

If there’s an enthusiasm gap, it certainly seems to me that Republicans supporting Mitt Romney are the folks lacking in enthusiasm, and that bodes well for President Obama tomorrow.

RwP: Panel Discussion (Part 4) “The Polarization of America”

To me, this is most interesting of the topics and discussions that this Rants Without Pants panel debated. I want to thank how great this panel was. Everyone had their own unique points which led to a very healthy debate.

This panel consisted of Stacy Harbaugh (Communications Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of WI), Dustin Weis (Former CBS Reporter for WTDY and WIOD), BJ Buss (Compassionate Conservative) and Michael Bartnik (Non-Ideological Guy in Hat). This is the final/Part 4 epic discussion of the polarization in America.

I hope you enjoy!

Registered Republican arrested for vote fraud in Nevada

You want vote fraud?

I got your vote fraud right here!

Roxanne Rubin, a registered Republican from Henderson, Nev., was arrested Friday on a felony charge of attempting to vote twice in the same election.

FBI agents took Rubin into custody as she arrived for work at the Riviera hotel-casino, according to the Associated Press. Rubin had roused suspicion on Oct. 29, after casting a vote at her precinct in Henderson, and then allegedly attempting to vote at a different polling site in Las Vegas later that day. Election workers at the second location ran her name through a database, which showed that she had already voted. When confronted by officials, Rubin reportedly claimed that their database was incorrect, and that she had not yet voted. She was ultimately prevented from casting the second vote.

A complaint was subsequently filed with Nevada’s Elections Integrity Task Force, which carried out the investigation.

Take a look at this pro-Mitt Romney button being sold at his rally at State Fair Park (UPDATED)

Seen being sold at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s rally on Friday, November 2 at State Fair Park:

UPDATE: For the sake of clarity, the image I’ve provided above was sent to me by a source I trust implicitly, and there’s been additional confirmation on Facebook that the button was being sold by individuals at the rally. The source in question purchased the button from a vendor inside the State Fair grounds as the individual in question waited in line for security.

UPDATE #2: As noted by someone on Twitter, a fotoforensics.com Error Level Analysis of the photo shows it hasn’t been digitally altered.