|A few supporters of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker|
might be trying to intimidate backers of
his Democratic opponent into not voting.
An armed militia group apparently wants to harass people who are voting against Republican Scott Walker.
Back in 2012, there was a big petition drive to kick Walker out of office because of his political actions, especially his move to limit collective bargaining rights for state employees.
Walker ultimately survived the recall effort and now he's running for re-election. Polls show a close race between Walker and Democrat Mary Walker.
The list of people who signed the recall petition back in 2012 is public record, and the so-called militia group Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia are using that to intimidate people who would vote against Walker this coming November, according to Talking Points Memo and Capital Times.
The militia was able to figure out some of the people who signed the petition against Walker have warrants for things like being in arrears on taxes or other arrest warrants. They plan to follow these voters home and also report them to the authorities.
Here's what some of their Facebook exchanges, which have since been taken down:
"Some will be heading to some of Milwaukee, Racine and Beloit's worst areas. We will be armed with a list of people to look for at each location."
OK, they're armed with a list of people, that's not so bad, right?
That's not the only thing they plan to be armed with, though.
"'We prefer our people be armed,'" reads a Facebook post by Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia."
True, they're worried about being in supposedly bad neighborhoods, but I suspect personal protection isn't the only thing at work here.
It'll get people thinking: "Guys with guns following me? Maybe I shouldn't vote." That seems to be the intent.
Of course, people aren't taking very kindly to all these threats. Another Facebook page popped up, one in which people could vent about the Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia.
Here's one of the milder comments: "If you have to terrorize voters into staying home, then you've already lost."
Of course, all this talk from the alleged Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia might not even be serious. Maybe it's a small group of people just yanking the public's chain.
But this is still dangerous. The people behind this militia, or whatever it is are making noises about threats now, because word gets out before the election. Maybe it will cause some Democrats to stay home, helping out Walker.
Even talking about threatening voters ought to stop. Let Walker win or lose on his own merits.
I hope Walker denounces these efforts to intimidate voters. Everyone, Democrat, Republican or whatever, should vote without some fascist creeps lurking in the background.
It's amazing how a few people who call themselves proud, patriotic Americans are anything but.