Todd Kolosso, businessman and Democratic Party challenger to longtime incumbent Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, is fighting challenges to the signatures that his campaign collected. Here’s the press release in full:
Kolosso Nomination Papers Challenged
GOP in Desperate Bid to Defend “Safe” Seat
MENOMONEE FALLS, WI (July 19, 2010)—In a sign that a Congressional seat Republicans have held for 32 years may not be safe in the current anti-incumbency climate, the Wisconsin GOP mounted a nomination paper challenge against Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner’s opponent, Todd Kolosso, hoping to remove him from the ballot.
“Sensenbrenner’s camp can try using political shenanigans to knock me off the ballot, but it’s not going to work,” said Kolosso. “I have the signatures. I’m in this for long run, and I know I can win. Apparently the Congressman agrees.”
Todd Kolosso, a lifelong resident of Wisconsin, was born in Slinger and owns a small commercial real-estate business in Menomonee Falls. As the Democratic candidate for Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District, Kolosso is committed to growing jobs, protecting local businesses, standing up for family farms, and fighting to make sure that taxpayers in the district receive their fair share of federal dollars.
While it may be predictable that a candidate signatures would be challenged if they’re close to the threshold, it cast a poor light on whoever did it. Kolosso turned in 1,188 signatures, which means 189 would have to be challenged to disqualify him.
It’s worth noting that Robert Raymond of Shorewood turned in 1,268 signatures for his Independent bid. You would only have to challenge 80 more signatures than was done against Kolosso to try and get Mr. Raymond off the ballot. Were Mr. Raymond’s signatures contested as well? Or was it just an attempt to take down Kolosso? You would think that they wouldn’t need to do that, what with the 5th CD being such a reputedly “safe” place for F-Jim.