Earlier today the state Government Accountability Board (GAB) voted unanimously to disqualify Republican State Rep. Jon Nygren from the ballot in a recall election against incumbent Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen. Sen. Hansen is facing a recall after he raised the ire of some of his constituents after he left Wisconsin along with all thirteen of his Democratic State Senate colleagues in order to slow down Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s attempts to repeal virtually all collective bargaining rights from Wisconsin’s public employees. Rep. Nygren was disqualified from the recall ballot after the GAB found he had collected only 398 valid signatures, with 400 needed to gain ballot access. Nygren had submitted 424 nomination signatures from voters, but a number of those signatures were challenged by Democrats, leading to the GAB’s ruling that 26 of the signatures were invalid.
Rep. Nygren’s disqualification from the recall election leaves David VanderLeest as the only Republican candidate to challenge Sen. Hansen. VanderLeest, who organized the recall effort against Sen. Hansen, has a lengthy court record, including convictions for domestic violence-related offenses.
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