As a committed activist, Spiegelhoff knew that he was not Galloway’s constituent. Merrill and all of Lincoln County are the district of Sen. Jim Holperin, a Democrat from Conover who voted against the state’s changes to collective bargaining for public employees.
But Spiegelhoff’s signature appears on the recall petitions that were made public by the Government Accountability Board, alongside those of Marathon County Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Johnson and recall organizer Nancy Tabaka-Stencil.
When a letter to the editor from Republican Party of Marathon County Chairman Bruce Trueblood pointed this out, the Wausau Daily Herald sought a response from Spiegelhoff. His response: He had “screwed up,” but it was an accident. He told the Daily Herald last month that he got mixed up while signing petitions to recall Gov. Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and accidentally signed Galloway’s petition, too.
“Clearly I wasn’t paying attention,” he said on Feb. 22. “I should have checked it more carefully.”
This explanation is implausible on its face, although implausible things do happen. But an email obtained by the Daily Herald from the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate tells a different story about Spiegelhoff.
“I signed a petition to recall you two minutes after 12 midnight last night,” Spiegelhoff wrote on Nov. 15 to Galloway’s office. “Just thought you would like to know this.”