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August 10, 2022

Primaries – August 9, 2022

Primary season continues in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

Connecticut:

Dominic Rapini, former chair of an election-denier group, took the GOP nomination for secretary of state. He promised his first act would be to eliminate the state position of elections misinformation officer hired to monitor the internet and defend against foreign and domestic interference in elections.

Leora Levy, endorsed last week by DDT, defeated the more moderate former state House leader, Themis Klarides, as GOP candidate for U.S. senator. Levy vaguely referenced “election integrity,” indicating her position as an election denier. She goes up against Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

Minnesota:

Scott Jensen, a physician and former Minnesota state senator, won the GOP gubernatorial candidacy. He falsely claimed that COVID deaths were inflated because elderly people dying of COVID would have died in a few years anyway and criticized Democratic Gov. Tim Walz’s vaccine mandates. Jenson faces Walz in November.

Kim Crockett, election denier, is the GOP candidate for secretary of state, a position that determines election rules. She believes that allowing people with disabilities and non-English speakers leads to fraud. Although she doesn’t unilaterally certify election results, she can delay the process and cast doubt on it. Crockett also calls on voter ID because of two cases of voter fraud since 1979. At the GOP convention, she played an anti-Semitic video showing her November Jewish opponent, Steve Simon, as a puppet of billionaire George Soros and made racist and xenophobic comments about Minnesota’s large Somali refugee population.

Naturalized Somalian refugee Rep. Ilhan Omar won against a less-progressive candidate by 2 percent and 2,500 votes, to return in November. With a similar challenge in 2020, she took the general election by an almost 20-point margin.

Brad Finstad won a special election for the only GOP House seat. Democrats lost the rurals election, but it’s good news: the loss was by only four points instead of DDT’s 10-point victory in 2020.

Vermont:

State Senate President Becca Balint may become the first female to be sent to Congress after becoming Democratic candidate for the state’s lone House seat. Vermont is the only state never to send a woman senator to Washington after GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith was elected four years ago in Mississippi. If Balint wins, she replaces Rep. Peter Welch (D), who was elected as candidate to replace retiring Pat Leahy who has served since 1975.

Wisconsin:

Tim Michaels, election denier and DDT-endorsed, defeated former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, endorsed  by former VP Mike Pence as well as other presidential wannabes Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Nikki Haley, for the GOP gubernatorial candidate. Also beating the state’s political machine and endorsement by former Gov. Scott Walker, Michaels faces Gov. Tony Evers in November. Kleefisch called the election “rigged” but said the voter certification couldn’t be overturned. DDT endorsed Michaels after seeing a 2019 photo of Kleefisch’s daughter going to the high school prom with the son of conservative state Supreme Court justice Brian Hagedorn who opposed DDT’s attempts to steal the 2020 election.

House Speaker Robin Vos won, despite DDT’s efforts to unseat him because he wouldn’t give Wsconsin’s election to DDT. Adam Steen, who lost by 260 votess.

Eric Toney won the GOP candidacy for the state’s attorney general, beating Karen Mueller who planned to decertify the 2020 election and prosecute doctors for homicide if they did use the anti-parasite drug ivermectin for a false COVID cure.

Derrick Van Orden, recently endorsed by DDT because he was uncontested for the Third Congressional District was present at the January 6 insurrection. He also exposed the genitals of a hospital genitals to two women and wrote that the lieutenant’s swollen testicles were a “ball sack huge as a cantaloupe.”

GOP Sen. Ron Johnson, who promised not to run a third term, has won the Republican candidacy opposing the state’s Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes in the general election. Two weeks ago, the top three Democrats dropped out of the race to endorse Barnes. Perhaps the biggest liar in the Senate, Johnson has a “colorful” background:

  • Lying about cutting taxes for most people when he voted to cut taxes for the wealthy and big businesses.
  • Describing anti-abortion as “a little messy for some people,” false saying that “it’s not going to be that big of a change” because Wisconsin can drive to Illinois. Wisconsin’s 1849 law bans all abortions except to protect the mother’s life.
  • Eliminating Social Security and Medicare as federal entitlement programs and instead require annual congressional approval as discretionary spending.
  • Saying that the January 6, 2022 riot at the Capitol was not an armed insurrection despite five deaths, 140 injuries, and the discovery of at least a dozen guns and thousands of guns of ammunition without searching the hundreds of people present. Not to mention the attacks with fire extinguisher, lacrosse stick, pepper spray, brass knuckles, pipe, pocket knives, a “stinger whip,” a flagpole, stun gun walking stick, etc.  
  • Wishing to repeal the Affordable Care Act if the GOP takes over Congress.
  • Claiming the COVID vaccine may deliberately give people AIDS.
  • Dodging the question about raising the age to buy an AR-15 by ranting about Hunter Biden.
  • Seeking a third term because “people are literally coming up to me with tears in their eyes or streaming down their cheeks saying, ‘You gotta run.’”

“Loyalist” Johnson also trashed DDT and said that the Joe Biden legitimately won the election while an undercover reporter made a video of him. Johnson also faces an ethics charge for giving a former chief of staff Anthony Blando and his wife $280,000 in cash gifts over the maximum salary Blando should receive. Guidelines establish compensation for congressional aides and block cash gifts from senators.

The New York Times called Johnson “the Republican Party’s foremost amplifier of conspiracy theories and disinformation.” Steve Benen calls him “a far-right caricature who’s increasingly seen as more of a partisan clown than a serious policymaker.” The editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote he’s “unfit” for office and “the most irresponsible representative of Wisconsin citizens since the infamous Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy in the 1950s.”

According to an AP survey of both GOP and Democratic state election officials, the 2020 expanded use of drop boxes for mail-in ballots led to no widespread problems—no fraud, vandalism, or theft affecting the results. Yet the conservative majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that drop boxes can no longer be used in elections. Conspiracy theories were exacerbated by the falsehoods of the film 2,000 Mules using a seriously flawed analysis of cellphone location data and ballot drop box surveillance.

Arizona Assistant Secretary of State Allie Bones said the “safe and secure” drop boxes might be more secure than Postal Service mailboxes. Bipartisan teams collect ballots from the drop boxes and take them directly to secure election facilities. Republicans were blocked them from banning drop boxes in the state. In the survey, 15 states stated drop boxes were used before 2020, and 22 states have no limits on the number used for the upcoming November election. GOP-led Florida and North Dakota and Democratic-led New York did not respond; Montana and Virginia did not answer questions regarding the 2020 election. Five states have placed new restrictions on drop boxes; Georgia has reduced the number to one per 100,000 registered voters.

Updates:

Correction for Washington primary on August 2: GOP Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler didn’t survive her impeachment vote against DDT. With late ballots being counted, DDT-endorsed Joe Kent, election denier, beat her out of the top two places in the all-party primary. He faces Democratic Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in November for the House seat after he rallied for jailed January 6 insurrectionists who he called “political prisoners.” 

Virginia:

A week ago, prospects for Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger looked problematic for her congressional reelection; the passage of new laws changed that. Redistricting changed her voters, but it contains veterans benefiting from expanded health care and retirees on fixed incomes saving money from the Inflation Reduction Act. Other voters resent unavailability of post-miscarriage care with the Supreme Court overturn of abortion rights which Spanberger’s opponent Yesli Vega, strongly supports. Vega has made comments similar to those of former Missouri candidate Todd Atkin who lost after saying that women can’t get pregnant from rape. Spanberger said that Vega wants “more government control and more government intrusion.”

Michigan:

Election denier Matthew DePerno, DDT-endorsed GOP nominee for attorney general to head up the state’s law, is being criminally investigated for leading a team obtaining unauthorized access to voting equipment regarding DDT’s false election-fraud claims. The breach in Richfield Township is one of four investigated by the current attorney general in Michigan among 17 nation-wide unauthorized accesses identified by Reuters. Unauthorized access to voting equipment is a felony. 

Pennsylvania:  

GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, present on the restricted Capitol grounds during the January 6 insurrection, refused to answer questions from the House January 6 investigative committee after complying with its subpoena. The New Yorker called him “a leader of the Stop the Steal campaign, and claims that he spoke to Donald Trump at least fifteen times between the 2020 election and the insurrection at the Capitol, on January 6.  Embodying Christian nationalism, the U.S. as a white Christian nation, Mastriano vowed to decertify any election he personally considers fraudulent through his personally appointed secretary of state.  

Tennessee:

GOP Amy Weirich, the Memphis DA who tried to imprison a Black woman for mistakenly trying to register to vote after a felony conviction, lost her race to Democrat Steve Mulroy.

Next primaries: Hawaii, August 13; Alaska and Wyoming (think Rep. Liz Cheney), August 16.

 

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