Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin
will remain on the ballot after being cleared of a GOP group's
challenge to her nomination paperwork, the Chicago Tribune
The Wisconsin Government Accountability
Board on Wednesday considered a challenge by the Young Republicans of
Dane County, which claimed Baldwin's papers are invalid because they
list her campaign office as her address instead of her voting
“Tammy Baldwin has always been a
blind supporter of liberal interests; However, she is now
demonstrating reckless disregard for the voters of the Second
Congressional District by not even bothering to conceal the fact that
she no longer lives in the District she was elected to represent,”
Charla Halverson, president of the GOP group, said in a statement.
The board rejected the claim because
state election officials have allowed Baldwin to keep her home
address off of the documents for more than a decade due to the threat
Baldwin is one of three openly gay
members of Congress. The other two are Jared Polis of Colorado and
Barney Frank of Massachusetts.
Baldwin submitted to the board numerous
homophobic and threatening emails she had received over the years.
William Murat, Baldwin's chief of
staff, told officials in an affidavit dated Monday that the Madison
bomb squad was called to her home in 2000 to determine if a
suspicious looking package wrapped in aluminum foil was a bomb. It
wasn't. The affidavit also describes other threats of violence
against Baldwin, one as recently as June.
Following the 2000 bomb scare, U.S.
Capitol police recommended that she keep her personal address off any
Baldwin is seeking her sixth term in
office and remains popular in her district.