Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I Support Scott Walker

Recall efforts against Governor Scott Walker are underway.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Taking the next step in a battle that's been in the works since February, organizers planned a midnight kickoff to efforts to gather more than a half million recall petitions against GOP Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

"There are some midnight collection events around the state. People are ready to go and want to start as soon as possible. There's a lot of excitement about it," said Meagan Mahaffey, executive director of United Wisconsin.

United Wisconsin, which is helping lead the recall efforts against Walker, planned a midnight electronic filing and a paper filing later Tuesday morning with state elections officials, Mahaffey said. Separate recall efforts against GOP senators also will be launched Tuesday. Meanwhile, Walker hit back with an ad campaign starting with Monday night's Green Bay Packers game.

The recall attempt against Walker formally begins a fight that has been looming since the governor introduced a bill in February to repeal most collective bargaining for most public employees. If successful, it would be only the third recall election for a governor to be held in the nation's history.

Dozens of petition drive events are planned around the state for Tuesday, including one at Walker's home in Wauwatosa, and a large rally is planned for Madison at the state Capitol on Saturday. United Wisconsin's website crashed around 2 p.m. Monday because of a cyber attack, the group said.

Organizers have to gather 540,208 valid signatures within 60 days - by Jan. 14 - to force a recall election against Walker and must turn them in by Jan. 17. Mahaffey said her group hopes to gather 600,000 to 700,000 signatures to allow a cushion if some signatures are later found not to count.

Walker said Monday that he was focused on his efforts to create jobs rather than campaigning.

"I think people are ready to move forward," he said. "I was elected to serve as governor, so I'm going to stay focused on that."

I am wholeheartedly AGAINST recalling Scott Walker.

My signature will not be among the 540,208 needed to force a recall election.

As a taxpayer, I'm angry that my tax dollars would be used to fund an election if Walker opponents are successful in gathering the required signatures.

The groups wishing to drag Wisconsin through a recall do not have my support. In fact, they are serving to strengthen my resolve to keep Walker's reforms on track, for the good of the state.

The event at Walker's private residence in Wauwatosa is especially vile. Targeting his children in their home is sick. It's a thuggish move.


As we've seen through most of 2011, Walker's opponents have no shame.

These extremists are energized, but their boorish tactics will backfire.

They're energizing Wisconsinites who believe in the reforms put in place to restore the state's fiscal health.

Wisconsin's budget reform - it's working.

Get the facts here.

I voted for Scott Walker in 2010, along with the majority of voters in Wisconsin.

I'll vote for him in a recall election, if it comes to that.

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