Tonight all of the news is swirling around the recall effort of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Tom Barrett is the Democratic candidate and polling shows Barrett has, in recent weeks, closed the gap. However, a little-known third party candidate has loaned himself $100,000 in the final week of the campaign to pay for advertisements and is hoping to make a splash.
The remaining two percent resided with Hariprasad Trivedi, an accomplished kidney specialist who lives in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield with his wife and three sons. Trivedi, an independent candidate, first introduced himself to the Wisconsin public when he bought a 30 second ad during the 2012 Super Bowl; the awkward ad featured Trivedi pausing while asking viewers to read jobs-related bullet points, then returning and saying “check for yourself!” in his thick Indian accent. At first glance, the ad seems as if it could be a “Borat”-style joke being played on the public. (Showing he is a novice, Trivedi ends the ad with an “I approve this message” disclaimer, which isn’t necessary on advertisements for state office.)
This article goes on to detail past third party candidates of interest in Wisconsin–like Crazy Jim and Aneb Jah Rasta Sensas-Utcha Nefer-I. The article does not highlight the significant third party presence in the state, note the success of the Progressive Dane Party or retrace the history Robert La Follette Sr., his sons’ incredibly successful Wisconsin Progressive Party, which from 1934 until 1946 was a major player in state politics, or the Socialist Party of Wisconsin, which dominated Milwaukee politics from 1910 until 1940.