We’ve Got The Numbers

At least that is what the groups recalling four Wisconsin State Senators are stating.

Days before the deadline to turn in petitions, organizers of four state Senate recall campaigns say they’re confident they’ll have the needed numbers.


And while the Republican Party of Wisconsin has all but conceded recall elections are coming, a party official and one targeted senator predict voters will push back what they see as a “selfish,” politically driven campaign that could cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

Recall petitions are due at the Government Accountability Board, or GAB, by Jan. 17.

State Senator Vangaard in the 21st Senate District is one of those being targeted.

“We are still collecting, but I am very confident we will be well over the amount to recall (Sen.) Van Wanggaard,” said Randolph Brandt, treasurer of the Committee to Recall Wanggaard.

The committee needs 15,353 valid signatures to force a recall.

Brandt, former editor of the Journal Times in Racine, has been a particularly staunch critic of Wanggaard, blasting the senator’s support of Act 10, the GOP-driven bill – now law – that ended most collective bargaining for most public employees.

In a recent column in the newspaper, Brandt took aim at the Republican-controlled Legislature’s disputed redistricting plan, which changes legislative district boundaries, including altering Wanggaard’s 21st Senate District. The changes would remove from the boundaries the city of Racine, a traditionally Democratic stronghold, placing the city in another district.

“Basically, he’ll desert us, the citizens of Racine, leaving us to suffer for his poor decisions,” Brandt wrote.

As State Senator Wanggaard points out it’s a waste of taxpayer money.

Wanggaard countered that he represents his district, Racine and all of Wisconsin in the Legislature, and that the recall campaign against him is an “attempt at a second kick at the cat” by people who were not happy with the election results of November 2010. The senator said the recall efforts are a waste of taxpayer money that could be going to serve the needs of communities like Racine.

He said he will be vindicated at the polls, should he be recalled.

“I’m confident the silent majority is going to come out and vote,” he said. “They’ll see what we’re doing, that we’re on the right track here.”

As for the other recall campaigns:

Lori Compas, treasurer of the Committee to Recall Scott Fitzgerald, on Tuesday estimated the campaign was at 95 percent of its goal. What that target is however, Compas wouldn’t say. The committee needs 16,742 valid signatures to recall Fitzgerald, and Compas said she wants a good buffer in case some signatures are ruled invalid.

Rita Pachal, treasurer for the Committee to Recall Senator Pam Galloway, sounded as confident that the campaign would collect the required 15,647 signatures.

Pachal said there has been sustained interest despite reported lulls in each of the recall campaigns.

“People are still very anxious to have this recall happen,” she said.

John Kidd, treasurer for the Committee to Recall (Sen. Terry) Moulton, said he went door-to-door Tuesday in temperatures approaching 50 degrees – unheard of for early January in northwestern Wisconsin.

“We couldn’t ask for better weather,” said Kidd, of Chippewa Falls. “People weren’t tied to their houses at 20 below and a foot of snow on the ground.”

Kidd said even the Green Bay Packers helped out last weekend, with the NFL football team taking Sunday off thanks to a playoff bye. That meant fewer voters huddled around their TVs.

The recall campaign needs 14,958, and Kidd said the committee will hit its mark.

And as a result these State Senators will have to spend time that could be spent on continuing to improve things in Wisconsin defending their seats.  All because the liberal left is unwilling to accept that Conservatives won in November 2010 and are doing what they said they would.



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