RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- A Racine man convicted of forging seven names on petitions to recall a Republican state senator has been fined $2,500.
A Journal Times of Racine report (http://bit.ly/17KF9ay ) says 60-year-old Mark S. Demet blamed the heated political environment for leading his emotions to "run wild."
He told a judge Friday he knows what he did was wrong, but he so filled with hatred he did it anyway. The petition targeted then-state Sen. Van Wanggaard.
Prosecutors acknowledge that Demet's actions probably had little effect on the overall recall effort. But they said his actions cast doubt on the integrity of the process.
Six residents whose names were on recall petitions signed by Demet told investigators they never signed them. And one said a seventh name on the petition was that of her dead husband.
Information from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com