Wisconsin Governor to Face Recall Election after Signatures Collected

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker might face a recall after opponents collected enough signatures. In 2010, Republicans swept to power in a number of states after the continued decline of the U.S. economy. The first mission is seemed to attack and destroy unions and collective bargaining, and the governors of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana were successful. Those governors did not calculate the consequences of their actions. The union-busing measure in Indiana is still being fought; the Ohio measure was recently voted down by the people; and the Michigan measure is slated for a vote in November.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, organizers formally filed the recall petition today by submitting over one million signatures to the Government Accountability Board, almost twice the number needed. According to Ryan Lawler, vice chairman of United Wisconsin, the sheer number of signatures insures the recall won’t face any legal challenges. Lawler said, “It’s beyond legal challenge.”

Scott Walker was successful in suing the Government Accountability Board, forcing them to do a more extensive review of the collected signatures. Supporters of the governor are training volunteers on how to check signatures. The GAB will also create a database to catch any duplicate names.

The governor is busy working to keep his job. Ads are playing in Wisconsin, and the governor is globetrotting to raise money. Just today he’s hosting a $2,500-a-plate dinner in New York City. To date, he’s raised $5.1 million, half of which came from outside the state—a hypocritical move since the governor and fellow Republicans criticized Democrats for the same thing during earlier recalls against state legislators.

In addition to the one million signatures for the Walker recall, the opposition collected additional 845,000 signatures to recall Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, 20,600 signatures to recall Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, over 21,000 signatures for Sen. Pam Galloway, over 21,000 signatures for Terry Moulton, and over 24,000 for Sen. Van Wanggaard—all Republicans.

Scott Walker has the advantage because he is already raising money while the Democrats have yet to find a candidate to start raising money. Scott Walker is only the third governor to face recall. Only two governors have been successfully recalled in the United States: Gov. Lynn Frazier of North Dakota in 1921 and Gov. Gray Davis of California in 2003.

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