I am opposed to recalls except for the most drastic of circumstances.
I think they should be used for criminal or morally offensive behavior, but I don't think they should be used for policy differences. That's why we have elections every several years.
Having said that, I'm virtually positive that Gov. Scott Walker is going to be recalled and we are going to have another election for governor.
I'm not a Walker supporter, but as a good Democrat, I have a serious concern about this recall election.
Who's going to run against Walker? Right now, the candidate cupboard seems pretty bare.
Russ Feingold seems pretty satisfied in private life. Mayor Tom Barrett has two unsuccessful runs for governor under his belt.
After those two names, the list looks like something we need Santa to fill. There are, of course, a host of Madison Democrats who would love to both run for and be governor, but nobody up there makes your heart beat fast.
New Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is a slight possibility, but he's so new it would cost a fortune to get him well-known. Since he already has a fortune that might not be impossible, but I highly doubt whether he'd even consider it.
I think one of the worst things that could happen is that organizers get the 540,000 signatures to force the election and then have a second or third tier candidate get his tail whipped by Walker.
Make no mistake about it. Walker will have unlimited funds, the power of incumbency and a reputation as a tireless and fearless campaigner on his side. It's going to take someone with a pocket full of magic to make this even a contest.
This article does give me reason to pause and take a moment or two to think twice about the recall. Having said that, and having taken a moment or two to think about it... I say move forward with the recall!! Whomever, decides to run against Walker, will have a good chance simply because so many of those that voted for Walker no longer support him. If that isn't the truth, then there would be no reason to do the recall in the first place. I don't trust Walker, and whomever runs againts him, with a desire to not destroy those who work for Cities with unions, will get my vote... Period!
This recall thing is getting ridiculous and the proponents of it need to understand that this can cut both ways. Recalls should be reserved for things like the pension scandal and not policy differences.
I believe a recall election will happen and it will cost us taxpayers a good deal of money. Who will the Democrats run? Chris Abele? He'd be destroyed in a state wide race. Kathleen Falk? She couldn't even hold the AG seat in a big Democrat year. Feingold? He was beat pretty easily by a political newcomer. Barrett?
And even if the Democrats win, does anyone really think that their first priority will be to restore collective bargaining for the unions? I doubt it.
Not to worry. If the Democrats vote as many times as they sign the recall petitions they should come out in good shape.
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