By Tim Kowols
The Republican Party of Kewaunee County expects a misleading statistic to take center stage again when the State Senate campaign heats up this fall. During the special election campaign, the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters ran advertisements against State Rep. Andre Jacque and his record on water issues. A statistic used during their campaign was that more than 60 percent of the wells in Kewaunee County had traces of feces in it. While the number was correct, it was based on wells that had previously tested positive for high levels of contamination and had a second test. The initial tests performed by United States Department of Agriculture microbiologist Dr. Mark Borchardt showed roughly a third of Kewaunee County wells were polluted. Borchardt also says those numbers could be even higher at different times of the year. Kewaunee County GOP chairperson Ron Heuer says the lie cost Jacque the election and hurts the area.
Matt Dannenberg of the WLCV admits there was a mistake and that the organization stopped using the 60 percent number after they learned about its nuances. However, Dannenberg says it does not take away from their view of the record of Rep. Jacque and Governor Scott Walker when it comes to the issue.
Heuer says they plan on countering the claim during the fall election campaign. The WLCV recently announced they are endorsing Democratic State Senator Caleb Frostman and Republican Assembly member Joel Kitchens to keep their seats.