GREEN BAY - A Brown County judge threw out a restraining order petition Monday filed against the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
"I think it's just a simple way of saying they don't want to hear the case," said David Vander Leest, who filed the petition on behalf of the committee to recall State Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay.
Accused of making thousands of harassing phone calls, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin used the phone to appear in Brown County Court. The call, though, was a short one. Citing a procedural error, a judge quickly dismissed the restraining order petition.
Vander Leest says the Democratic Party has been making intimidating phone calls to people who signed recall petitions.
"They called 18,000 people, some of them five, six, ten times, telling them they know where they lived," said Vander Leest.
"Folks were in no way being harassed," said Gillian Morris with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
Morris says each person listed on the Hansen recall petitions was called one time.
"It was just a simple question of if they had been misled to signing a petition because we had so many reports of folks being lied to," said Morris.
"I asked them how they got my number because it's unlisted and they wouldn't give me an answer," said Gordon Gille, who helped circulate recall petitions.
Gille says he feels harassed. He was one of a few people who showed up at Brown County Court, complaining of receiving multiple phone calls.
"If I tell them one thing, why do they have to call back and check with her and make sure its true?" said Gille.
"If they were called more than once, it was just an error possibly of more than one person in their household having signed the petitions," said Morris.
The Democratic Party says the calls have stopped and there will be no more in the future. Vander Leest says he will appeal the judge's ruling, in hopes of ensuring the phone calls are done.
The Government Accountability Board has the final say on validating recall signatures. The board expects to announce in a few weeks whether there are enough valid signatures in the Hansen case and others to force a recall election.
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