By M.D. Kittle / November 29, 2016
MADISON, Wis. – A Democratic Party email calling for temporary workers to man a massive and unprecedented presidential election recall effort in Dane County had Republicans crying foul this week.
The Democratic Party of Dane County advised that County Clerk Scott McDonell was looking for temp workers beginning Thursday to help check over 316,000 ballots cast in this month’s election.
Recount workers could earn $20 an hour, maybe more, on 12-hour shifts, the notice stated.
“We’re asked to forward this to people we think would be up to the job and have time to do this. Please send people to firstname.lastname@example.org if interested – or if you’re interested,’ the message said.
While Dane County is one of the more liberal places in the country (more than 70 percent of voters cast ballots for Democrats in the most recent election), Scott Grabins said the email’s suggestion the county government was working exclusively with Democrats to fill the election positions was wrong.
“When I saw that email I was pretty pissed,” said Grabins, chairman of the Republican Party of Dane County. “The way it was worded didn’t explicitly say Scott McDonell asked them to do this, but it inferred a lot.”
McDonell told Wisconsin Watchdog that the whole matter was a “communications problem.”
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