(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

Wisconsin is set to hold its first-ever recall election to replace its governor. On Friday, the state set the date for June 5.

 

Republican Governor Scott Walker won Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race in 2010, but his decision to eliminate collective bargaining rights for unions sparked huge backlash last year. A petition to put Walker to a vote before his term is up in 2014 gathered about 900,000 signatures.

 

That was almost half a million more than they needed. Adding to the drama, an NBC News/Marist poll released Friday found Walker trailing by just two points against a hypothetical Democratic opponent — and that’s within the margin of error.

 

CHUCK TODD: “Have you seen a governor this — sort of — this polarized view between the two parties?”

LEE MIRINGOFF: ‘No. And the recall really crystallizes that. So, now there’s this opportunity … a second chance to make a first impression.”

 

Walker isn’t the only Wisconsin lawmaker up for a recall election. Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators will also have to defend their seats. Los Angeles Times reports GOP presidential candidates have not shied away from talking about Walker — despite his recall controversy. But Walker has kept himself out of the limelight in that race.

 

“[Mitt] Romney and his chief rival, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, have heaped praise on Walker, but the governor is conspicuously steering clear of both ... [The] communications director for Walker’s campaign to survive the recall, said he would not endorse anyone in the presidential primary.”

 

Although no Republican has declared intention to oppose Walker in the May 8 primary, Politico reports — three Democrats have officially thrown their hats in the ring.

 

Secretary of State Doug La Follette ...

 

Kathleen Vinehout – a state senator ...

 

And former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk.

 

If Democrats defeat the governor, it will mark only the third successful gubernatorial recall effort in U.S. history.

Walker Faces Wisconsin Recall June 5

by Zach Toombs
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Sources:CBSPolitico
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Mar 31, 2012

Walker Faces Wisconsin Recall June 5

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

Wisconsin is set to hold its first-ever recall election to replace its governor. On Friday, the state set the date for June 5.

 

Republican Governor Scott Walker won Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race in 2010, but his decision to eliminate collective bargaining rights for unions sparked huge backlash last year. A petition to put Walker to a vote before his term is up in 2014 gathered about 900,000 signatures.

 

That was almost half a million more than they needed. Adding to the drama, an NBC News/Marist poll released Friday found Walker trailing by just two points against a hypothetical Democratic opponent — and that’s within the margin of error.

 

CHUCK TODD: “Have you seen a governor this — sort of — this polarized view between the two parties?”

LEE MIRINGOFF: ‘No. And the recall really crystallizes that. So, now there’s this opportunity … a second chance to make a first impression.”

 

Walker isn’t the only Wisconsin lawmaker up for a recall election. Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators will also have to defend their seats. Los Angeles Times reports GOP presidential candidates have not shied away from talking about Walker — despite his recall controversy. But Walker has kept himself out of the limelight in that race.

 

“[Mitt] Romney and his chief rival, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, have heaped praise on Walker, but the governor is conspicuously steering clear of both ... [The] communications director for Walker’s campaign to survive the recall, said he would not endorse anyone in the presidential primary.”

 

Although no Republican has declared intention to oppose Walker in the May 8 primary, Politico reports — three Democrats have officially thrown their hats in the ring.

 

Secretary of State Doug La Follette ...

 

Kathleen Vinehout – a state senator ...

 

And former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk.

 

If Democrats defeat the governor, it will mark only the third successful gubernatorial recall effort in U.S. history.

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