Statement of DPW Chair Wineke on AG Van Hollen

Oct 28, 2008

MADISON – Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Joe Wineke today released the following statement in response to Attorney General JB Van Hollen’s announcement that he plans to deploy more than 50 assistant attorneys general and state agents to the polls November 4.
“After losing his hyper-partisan lawsuit against the Government Accountability Board, Attorney General JB Van Hollen is now so desperate to influence the election that he has resorted to sending state prosecutors to intimidate voters at the polls at the expense of Wisconsin taxpayers.

“”The U.S. Department of Justice has already decided that criminal prosecutors will not be used as election monitors this year, and it is irresponsible of Van Hollen to use state prosecutors in this way. This is nothing more than a shameless political stunt designed to appease Van Hollen’s Republican Party bosses and manipulate the election in their favor by disenfranchising voters.
“Van Hollen is using taxpayer resources to pull these agents away from their real jobs to investigate fabricated stories about widespread voter fraud. There is no widespread voter fraud in Wisconsin, as Republican U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic has already confirmed following a thorough investigation.

“The Democratic Party of Wisconsin will be working hard this Election Day to ensure that voters are able to cast their ballots in an environment free of discrimination, suppression or intimidation. On November 4, every qualified voter must be able to go to the polls and exercise their most basic American right.”