The Republican primary race for Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District looks like it's headed for a recount, with the Post Crescent reporting state Sen. Glenn Grothman leads fellow state Sen. Joe Leibham by just 214 votes, according to unofficial results.
And that has some party insiders sweating.
One Wisconsin Republican source expressed concerns that statements he might make would make him similar to Akin, who lost to Sen. Claire McCaskill in 2012 after saying in an interview that women rarely become pregnant when they are raped.
|The Left and the social welfare establishment want children born out of wedlock because they are far more likely to be dependent on the government.|
The emerging consensus seems to be that Grothman would win a recount. On Wednesday, per MSNBC, he had a small lead over Leibham. And other Wisconsin sources said they expect him to pull off a win.
Some state Republicans fear that would be good news for Democrats. The district is currently held by retiring Republican Rep. Tom Petri and isn't seen as a competitive seat for Democrats. But Republicans worry that Grothman's history of making unusual comments could put it within reach for the other side.
Here’s a sampling of things Grothman has said:
• In literature he published for the 2011-2012 legislative session, Grothman charged that the federal government and the state of Wisconsin are trying to discourage two-parent families and encourage single motherhood. “The Left and the social welfare establishment want children born out of wedlock because they are far more likely to be dependent on the government,” he wrote. The pamphlet’s title is, “How the United States and the State of Wisconsin are Working to Encourage Single Motherhood and Discourage Children in 2-Parent Families.”
|Of course, almost no black people today care about Kwanzaa — just white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people's throats in an effort to divide Americans.|
• Grothman kept his state Senate office open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and didn’t let his employees take it off. His explanation of the decision, according to the Wisconsin State Journal, is: “Let's be honest, giving government employees off has nothing to do with honoring Martin Luther King Day and it's just about giving state employees another day off.” He told the paper that he doubted employees would be “checking out DVDs or reading books” about the civil rights icon if they’d been given the day's vacation.
• On Kwanzaa, patch.com reported: “‘Of course, almost no black people today care about Kwanzaa — just white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people's throats in an effort to divide Americans,' Grothman said. 'Irresponsible public school districts such as Green Bay and Madison ... try to tell a new generation that blacks have a separate holiday than Christians.’"
• On the repeal of the state’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act, legislation designed to prevent gender-based pay discrimination, per The Daily Beast: “You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.”
|Quite frankly, it's scandalous that lawyers are leading people to believe that the lead paint in these houses is responsible for the increases in the [lead] levels in their blood.|
• On lead paint, according to the Cap Times: "Quite frankly, it's scandalous that lawyers are leading people to believe that the lead paint in these houses is responsible for the increases in the [lead] levels in their blood.”
Melissa Baldauff, the communications director for the Wisconsin Democratic Party, said Grothman is “the CEO of the war on women.” The Wisconsin Republican Party didn’t respond to a request for comment on that characterization.