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Democrats retract accusations of tampering by Waukesha County Clerk Nickolaus

CREATED Aug 10, 2011

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Click on the video link to see raw video of Wisconsin Democratic Party Spokesman Gr Zielinski's comments regarding Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus.

BROWN DEER - The Wisconsin Democratic Party has retracted a public accusation by party officials Tuesday night claiming fraud during the recall elections.

The following is the word-for-word statement by spokesman Graeme Zielinski caught on camera by TODAY'S TMJ4, claiming that Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus "(who) has shown gross incompetence, and maybe more in the Supreme Court election, is at it again."

Nickolaus has been under increased scrutiny since the election for State Supreme Court justice when she forgot to include election totals from Brookfield in preliminary results that she reported on Election night.

David Prosser retained his seat over JoAnne Kloppenburg in that race.

The remainder of all of Zielinski's comments are below.

"We believe that there's dirty tricks afoot.  We believe that there will need to be an investigation, or at least a very good explanation, for what it looks like she's doing to this election.  We'll wait.  We'll see what happens and transpires the rest of the night.  We may not have any more statements right now.  Of course, our legal team, we are exploring all our legal options right now.  We are getting as best information as we can, but right now, I can say it is our belief that the election that will determine the control of the Wisconsin senate is being tampered with.

"That's all I'm going to say."

"We're missing several wards in Waukesha.  It looks like she's sitting on them right now.  She's not releasing them.  We have exit polls.  We have information that we believe indicates some performance for us, that we believe she is sitting on.  It's much like she did in a Supreme Court race.

"We'll let the results speak for themselves, but right now, we'll wait to see what happens the rest of the day.  Right now, we believe that we were in the lead or near the lead in this race.  We believe that Waukesha County is at it again.  I'll come back.  I'm gonna get a little more information for you.  I'll come back one more time before the night is through.  You still may hear from Sandy Pasch, but right now, it is our belief that Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus is tampering with the election that will determine the control of the Wisconsin Senate."

The Democrats later retracted that statement saying the party will not pursue questions of irregularities.

"Though we believe that Sandy Pasch was able to battle Alberta Darling to a virtual tie, on her turf, we will not pursue questions of irregularities. Those heat-of-the-moment statements came in light of the uncertainties that arose from a recent election, known too well," said state party chairman Mike Tate.