There is smoke rising from Wisconsin and it’s coming from the state’s voters.
The effort that began over a year ago to recall Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, from office continues to build momentum. On Friday, the state’s Government Accountability Board certified the 900,939 petition signatures they received for Walker’s ouster. Democrats only needed a little more than 540,000 signatures to start the process.
This means that Walker will face the people of Wisconsin at the voting booth again this spring to see if he’ll be able to keep his job.
As you may recall, in early 2011 Gov. Walker found himself in hot water with Democrats when he wanted to cut the collective bargaining rights of state public employees. After massive protests, lots of national bickering, and a walkout by Democratic state senators, the measure still passed.
Democrats plotted to recall Republican state senators and the governor. They came close with the senators, but couldn’t get a clean majority. Now that he’s been in office a year, according to the state Constitution, they can go for blood in Gov. Walker’s office.
Walker will face Democratic challengers in the special election. In essence, he’ll have to run against them instead of simply being thrown out of office. Right now, Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, and Secretary of State Doug La Follette are in the race. It is possible that Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett may also join in the fun.
Walker isn’t the only one in the bullseye. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will also face voters in the recall election. Over 808,000 signatures were gathered to ask her to leave.
If Walker is recalled, it will be a major win for Democrats both at the state level and nationally.
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Besides Gov. Walker, name one or two politicians you feel need to be recalled out of office?