Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recall process officially begins


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The attempt to recall Governor Scott Walker got off to an earlier than expected start at the hands of a contributor to the 2010 Walker campaign. Muskego resident David Brandt filed papers with the Government Accountability Board on Friday, his official committee affiliation is with "Close Friends to Recall Walker." Wisconsin law does not cap the amount that an individual or committee can contribute to the incumbent while signatures are being collected to recall them from office. So as Walker sets out on a trip to conservative states Kansas and Arizona he will have the ability to accept unlimited donations from supporters. The lack of a cap on donations will last until a date is set for a statewide recall election. It is likely that well over $100 million dollars will be raised and spent in the effort to recall Walker.

Wisconsin Democratic leadership, namely Mike Tate, telegraphed the day they would file papers via a nationally televised interview on MSNBC on October 10th. The move allowed the Walker camp to front run the Democratic operation and tack on 11 extra days of fundraising.

The entire operation is a large risk for the Democratic party. They first have to collect 540,000 valid signatures and then field a strong candidate that can close the six point Walker margin of victory over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett only one year ago. Failure to collect the signatures or ultimately defeat Walker will be seen as vindication for the Wisconsin GOP and Republican reformers nationwide.

Recall elections in August were a mixed bag that left the Wisconsin GOP with a one seat majority in the State Senate.

And just as the recall election in August was basically a proxy war between the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Democratic National Committee (DNC), a recall election would be a proxy war to the tenth power. The election would likely be held in the spring of 2012 and would be seen as a barometer for the national political climate. The result of the recall election would also go a long way in determining which side will have the upper hand when it comes to organization in the 2012 presidential election cycle, when Wisconsin will play the role of a key battleground state.

It remains to be seen how heavily contested a possible Democratic primary would be or if the party would rally around one candidate early on in the process.

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  1. Mike says:

    Another big waste of money in this state brought to you by the delusional lefties.

    • Stryker says:

      If you believe that the Democratic party is left; you are delusional.

    • Jman says:

      And you rightie pukes are the answer?

    • amy says:

      another comment that does not help. another comment that causes more hate.
      another comment that is ignorant.
      another comment that is narrow minded.
      another comment that is self-serving.
      another comment to dumb down america.
      another comment to bring down our country even more..
      Thanks Mike…

    • john says:

      Dumbass, if California is able to recall Gray Davis as governor, Wisconsin can do it too.

  2. Doug says:

    There is a young kid named Mitchell who may pump up the Dem base and give them a chance against Walker.

  3. Tina says:

    Walker is done, you don’t mess with teacher’s money get away with it for long.

  4. Gary says:

    Walker is going to have a huge warchest to play with, that is going to be tough for the left to match. I can’t wait to see the excuses by the left for not being able to beat Walker this time around.

  5. Matt says:

    It is tough to recall a sitting governor on ideological points alone. There is no illegal corruption or scandals to go on so to replay the election with out an amazing candidate is probably a doomed cause for Tate and co.

  6. Sandy says:

    Tina,

    Any facts or examples to back up your crazy claim? Or just wishful thinking?

  7. Danny says:

    I agree that Mitchell might be the answer, I saw him speak in Madison and he is a motivator!

  8. Melody says:

    Sandy,

    Just wait and see. The fact that this is already happening is evidence of the possibility. Eat a dick.

    • Jack says:

      “Sandy,

      Just wait and see. The fact that this is already happening is evidence of the possibility. Eat a dick.”

      Melody too late, you already have it in use.

  9. Brian says:

    You ignorant rightest fools. You’ll always think the same no matter what. The facts don’t matter to you. Shut it.

  10. Davis says:

    The right thinks they are invincible but this time is going to be humiliating for them and the entire GOP. Great momentum for Obama going into the general election.

  11. Adam says:

    The fact that the recall is starting is proof of nothing, talk to me when the 500k sigs are authorized by Walker’s government.

  12. Gordon Thomson says:

    They’ll cheat, like they did last time. It’s the only way they can win.

  13. Nick says:

    How about Russ Feingold? He could probably raise a lot of money and momentum.

  14. Henry says:

    Does it matter if they get the signatures? It’s not like they’ll have a legitimate election anyway.

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