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"Fake" Democrat speaks about running in recall primary

ANTIGO (WAOW) -- James Buckley is running for the 29th state Senate seat as a Democrat.

But he admits to Newsline 9, he does not live in the 29th district, and he's not a Democrat.

Last week, Buckley--who lives in Antigo--filed paperwork to run as a Democrat in the recall election. If Buckley collects enough signatures, it would force a primary election and delay the general election.

But is Buckley actually for real?

"I don't like the word fake," said Buckley. "I just say we have to do what we have to do to try and straighten this process out. "

Buckley says state Republican leaders picked him to run in the recall primary election.

"They picked me because they know I'm proactive and I'm concerned," said Buckley.
Buckley is one of six "fake" Democrats running in the recall elections. Republican leaders say this guarantees a definite date for the primary.

But some Democrats call the move dishonest.

"This gives new meaning to the term election fraud, from what I can see," said State Rep. Donna Seidel, (D-Wausau). She is also running for the 29th state Senate seat. She told Newsline 9 what she thinks of her new "opponent."

"I think he is not a legitimate candidate," said Seidel. "He does not live in this district."

But she says this announcement does not change her plans.

"It's simply an intent to distract, to confuse, to complicate a process that should be moving quickly forward, and giving people an opportunity to elect a state senator to represent them," said Seidel.

We asked Buckley how he plans to campaign. He referred us to his campaign manager. We asked if he's collecting nomination signatures. He says the party's doing that for him.

So we had to ask one more question--is he serious about his campaign?

"I am always serious," said Buckley

But just how seriously voters take him? We'll have to wait.

If Buckley gets on the ballot and forces a primary, that would take place May 8.

Online Reporter: Nate Barrett

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