Is the two-Burke ballot the new butterfly ballot?

Scott Walker’s opponent takes on the WEDC:

BURKE:  One other area outside of that that people really should take a look at is the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, which was a nonprofit, public-private corporation created in 2011 which Governor Walker used to make himself the chair of. What’s most interesting is that Governor Walker’s experience in private business is in selling warranties for IBM and doing blood drives and fund-raising for the American Red Cross. While these are both worthy positions and individuals who do them obviously are working to build a life, that doesn’t give someone the experience necessary to make themselves a chair of a venture capital firm. Because that’s what it is. They’re giving away private taxpayer dollars to public businesses. We would end that practice.

Except that’s not Mary Burke; it’s Robert Burke, a lifelong Republican from Hudson who switched to the Libertarian party to run for governor.  Burke talks in the interview about how he hopes the “name recognition” — misrecognition? — he draws from the Mary Burke campaign will help him get votes.  The question is:  will he get votes from people who like libertarianism, or miscast votes that are actually meant for her?

Are you wondering whether Burke the Libertarian is running precisely in order to siphon votes from Burke the Democrat in this way?  I was, too, but I have to admit that the linked interview really does make him sound like a sincere libertarian dude who just found out Republicans dig market distortions as much as Democrats do.

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One thought on “Is the two-Burke ballot the new butterfly ballot?

  1. Richard Séguin says:

    I’ve wondered about this too. I heard Robert Burke talking on public radio, and he did seem like a typical and sincere Libertarian, almost equally critical of Democrats and Republicans. (He was quite articulate as well.) It’s never been clear to me whom among Democrats and Republicans the Libertarians tend to draw from in Wisconsin elections, so I have no reason to believe that someone has been secretly funding him for that sort of thing. But I’m sure there will be some in a hurry who will mark the wrong candidate, and it’s possible that Republicans could be secretly funding him for that purpose without even Robert’s knowledge. I wouldn’t put it past them. Right off hand, I can’t remember if candidates are listed in alphabetical order. Does anyone know?

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